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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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Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Plato (427–347 BC): Gyges’ Ring, the Divided Line, and the Allegory of the Cave

Chapter 3. Aristotle (384–322 BC): Acorns and Oak Trees, the Feast

Chapter 4. St. Augustine (354–430): City of God, City of Man

Chapter 5. St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274): The Pilot and the Shepherd

Chapter 6. Niccolo Machiavelli (1469–1527): The Lion and the Fox, the River


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