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Eco-Republic:
What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living
Melissa Lane

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Acknowledgements vii

Part I INERTIA 1 Prologue to Chapter 1: Plato’s Cave 3
Chapter 1: Introduction: Inertia as Failure of the Political Imagination 7
An Unconsciously Platonic Prologue to Chapter 2: Carbon Detox 27
Chapter 2:From Greed to Glory: Ancient to Modern Ethics - and Back Again? 29
Prologue to Chapter 3: Plato’s Ring of Gyges 47
Chapter 3: Underpinning Inertia: The Idea of Negligibility 51

Part II IMAGINATION 77
Prologue to Chapter 4: Post-Platonic Perspectives on the Republic 79 Chapter 4: Meet Plato’s Republic 83
Prologue to Chapter 5: Plato on Why Virtue Matters 99
Chapter 5: The City and the Soul 101
Prologue to Chapter 6: Plato’s Idea of the Good 127
Chapter 6: The Idea of the Good 133

Part III INITIATIVE 157
Prologue to Chapter 7: Revisiting Plato’s Cave 159
Chapter 7: Initiative and Individuals: A (Partly) Platonic Political Project 163

Notes 187
Works Cited 219
Index 235

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