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Allegories and Metaphors in Early Political Thought

From Plato to Machiavelli

Kevin Dooley

Allegories and Metaphors in Early Political Thought: From Plato to Machiavelli examines allegories and metaphors that best exemplify the ideologies of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Niccolo Machiavelli. Author Kevin Dooley’s approach allows readers to gain a greater understanding of each thinker’s ideas through the lens of metaphor, which stimulates imaginative discussions and more thoughtful reflections.

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Names: Dooley, Kevin L., author. Title: Allegories and metaphors in early political thought: from Plato to Machiavelli / Kevin Dooley. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018040121 | ISBN 978-1-4331-5468-3 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-5467-6 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5469-0 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-5470-6 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5471-3 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Politics and literature. | Political science—Philosophy—History. Allegory. | Metaphor in literature. Classification: LCC PN51 .D637 2019 | DDC 320.1—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b13337

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