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    Stauffer demonstrates the complex unity of Plato's Gorgias through a careful analysis of the dialogue's three main sections. This includes Socrates' famous argumentative duel with Callicles, a passionate critic of justice and philosophy, showing how the seemingly disparate themes of rhetoric, justice and the philosophic life are woven together into a coherent whole. His interpretation of the Gorgias sheds new light on Plato's thought, showing that Plato and Socrates had a more favourable view of…Read more
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    Thrasymachus’ Attachment to Justice?
    Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 26 (1): 1-10. 2009.
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    Plato’s Introduction to the Question of Justice
    Dissertation, Boston College. 1998.
    This dissertation is a study of the beginning of Plato's Republic--primarily Book One--which I argue is the heart of Plato's analysis of justice. Too often overlooked in favor of the more glamorous "city-in-speech" that Socrates constructs in the later parts of the Republic, the beginning of the Republic, I suggest, is in fact the essential foundation of the rest of the work. Because it offers the most thorough dialectical confrontation with the everyday opinions just men hold about justice, thi…Read more
  • Thrasymachus' Attachment To Justice?
    Polis 26 (1): 1-10. 2009.
    Thrasymachus is one of the most infamous villains in Plato's dialogues; but he is not as villainous as he appears to be. Thrasymachus' attack on justice and his debunking definition of justice are guided by a complex set of concerns, including a desire to expose the fraud that he thinks rulers are perpetrating against the ruled. Thrasymachus thus shows a concern for justice even in his expression of an argument that is regarded as the classic sophistic critique of justice. Thrasymachus' attachme…Read more
  • The Idea of Enlightenment: A Post-Mortem Study (review)
    Interpretation 31 (1): 109-113. 2003.