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    Platonic Polypsychic Pantheism
    The Monist 80 (2): 232-250. 1997.
    “All things are full of gods”. A Platonic conversion toward a novel form of pantheism lies behind this pronouncement. This form is seldom appreciated in Platonic studies, and perhaps in general. I shall call it “polypsychic pantheism.” Platonic polypsychic pantheism is a form of pantheism that views the universe as a living, heterogeneously ensouled, divine being. Its divinity consists in a plurality of Gods, because different sorts of Soul-Gods appear necessary to make the universe one living G…Read more
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    The Virtues of the "Laws"
    Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania. 1989.
    The general consensus of commentators on Plato's last dialogue, the Laws, is that it is both a pessimistic work and one not worth taking seriously. It is thought that Plato abandoned the absolute rule of philosopher-kings, as described in the Republic, and replaces this vision with a conventional State governed by law. I argue that this interpretation is erroneous and that the neglect of the Laws is unwarranted; in fact, the Laws represents a significant and original development in Plato's theor…Read more
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    "Plato's Equivocal Wisdom"
    Proceedings of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy. 2005.
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    Problems for Democracy (edited book)
    with John Kultgen
    Rodopi. 2006.
    This book, based on the premise that democracy promotes peace and justice, explores theoretical and practical problems that can arise or that have arisen in democratic polities. Contributors address, with clarifying analyses, such theoretical issues as the relationship between recursivist metaphysics and democracy, the relationship between the economic and political orders, and the nature of justice. Contributors offer, as well, enlightening resolutions of practical problems resulting from a his…Read more