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A Touch More RareHarry Berger, Jr., and the Arts of Interpretation$
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Nina Levine and David Lee Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230303

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823230303.001.0001

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Situating Harry's Plato

Situating Harry's Plato

(p.227) Chapter 16 Situating Harry's Plato
A Touch More Rare

Nina Levine

David Lee Miller

Fordham University Press

Harry Berger's published studies of Plato's dialogues are to be found in several articles written over a thirty-five-year period. Harry's Plato studies address many difficult and important themes, including time, authority, accountability, freedom, and representation, to name just a few. Most fully exemplified in Plato's figuration of Socrates, Plato's philosopher in Harry's portrayal is one for whom “transcendence does not sanction escaping from oneself and others but returning to them and staying with them.” Harry sees Plato's contempt for authoritarian politics of all kinds, including enforced commonality as it is depicted in the so-called utopian guardian polity in the Republic, including theocratic politics guided by revelation, as described in Plato's Laws, including polities where philosopher-kings rule, and also including distributions of political power based on birth, wealth, or tradition, which give legitimacy to those whose authority is owed to their status.

Keywords:   Harry Berger, Plato, time, Republic, Laws, authority, accountability, freedom, representation

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