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Plato's Fable:
On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times
Joshua Mitchell

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface ix
A Note on the Translation xv

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION 1
Imitation in Mortal Life 1
The Disappointments of Reason 3
Hegel and the Origins of "Identity Politics" 5
Rousseau's Gentler Form of Imitation 7
Beyond the Reformation Categories of "Identity Politics" and Socialization 11
Reason Revisited: Plato's Critique of "Rationality" 12
Honor's Place 14
(Divine) Reason 16
The Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times 18

Chapter 2: PLATO'S FABLE 21
Rendering Each Its Due 22
The Origin of the City 27
Fables, Lies, and Medicine 34
Fool's Gold 47
Noble Education--and Beyond 51
From the City to the Soul 56
The Philosopher 59
The Hunt for the Good 68
The Decline toward Tyranny 75
Timocracy 79
Oligarchy 82
Democracy 89
Tyranny 99
The Prisoner's Dilemma 111
Envy 113
Sadomasochism 114
Rights and the Relativity of All Things 115
Averting Ruptures 119
The Pathos of Measurement, and Power 122
Trivia 126
Medical Crises, Legal Gridlock 133
Ethics as First Science 137
Beyond Debt 139
The Misplaced Search for Origins 146
The Opinings of the Divided Soul 152
The Inaction of the Divided Soul 156

Chapter 3: CONCLUSION 167
The Fable of Liberalism 167
The Tocquevillean Wager: Mimesis and the Mediational Site of Renewal 175
The Socratic Wager: Mimesis and the Philosophical Practice of Death 189

Bibliography 195
Index 203

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