From Plato to Machiavelli
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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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2019. XII, 130 pp.
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- Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- The Structure of the Chapters: The Biographical Sketches
- The Allegories and Metaphors
- Chapter 2: Plato (427–347 BC): Gyges’ Ring, the Divided Line, and the Allegory of the Cave
- Plato and Greece in the 5th Century BC
- The Allegories
- Gyges’ Ring
- The Divided Line
- The Allegory of the Cave
- Chapter 3: Aristotle (384–322 BC): Acorns and Oak Trees, the Feast
- Learning From Acorns: Human Nature and the Good Life
- The Acorn and the Oak Tree: Happiness and Human Flourishing
- Preparing for the Feast
- The Deviant Feasts: The Tyranny/Oligarchy and the Democracy
- The Good Feasts: Kingship/Aristocracy and the Mixtures
- Chapter 4: St. Augustine (354–430): City of God, City of Man
- The Grand Allegory
- The Two Cities
- Pride: Perversions of Truth and Justice
- Pride and Power: How the Roman Might Inform the Christian
- Just War Theory
- Chapter 5: St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274): The Pilot and the Shepherd
- The Pilot and the Shepherd
- Eternal and Divine Law: God’s Plan and Unknown and Known to Us
- Natural Law: Our Innate Sense of Right and Wrong
- Human Law: A Dictate of Practical Reason
- Separating the Pilot From the Shepherd: Leadership Through Service
- Preventing Tyranny: Checking the Power of the Monarch
- Chapter 6: Niccolo Machiavelli (1469–1527): The Lion and the Fox, the River
- The Lion and the Fox
- The River
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