Anders Dahl Sørensen, Ph.D. (2014), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, currently holds a Post-doctoral position at the SAXO-institute, University of Copenhagen. He works on ancient Greek political and legal thought.
Scholars and students of Greek political thought, and anyone interested in Athenian democracy or in the intersection between epistemology and democratic politics.
“This book represents an important contribution to the study of Plato’s political thought and its relationship to its Athenian context, and its careful readings of both Plato’s dialogues and previous scholarship provide helpful additions to current debates.” -Carol Atack, University of Oxford, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.05.25
Table of contents
Note on Editions, Translations and Abbreviations
1 Thrasymachus’ Challenge: Political Sociology and Expert Rule in Republic 1
Thrasymachus’ Political Account of Justice
Rulers in the Strict Sense
Real Existing Expert Rulers
Democratic Expert Rule? 8
Towards an Epistemic Analysis of Democracy
2 Scientific Politics and the Power of the People: Rhetoric and technē in the Gorgias
Why is Rhetoric not Scientific?
Who Rules Who?
Rhetoric as kolakeia
Democracy and technē
Scientific Politics and the Power of the People
3 Democracy as Imitator: Expertise and Democratic Conservatism in the Statesman
Lawfulness and Imitation
Expertise and Its Discontents
The Laws and Democratic Ideology
Statesmanship and the Ancestral Laws
4 Athenian Measurement: Democracy and Expert Authority in the Protagoras
The Athenian Premise
Protagoras’ ‘Great Speech’
Protagoras’ Social Pragmatism
Problems with Appearance
Towards the Theaetetus
5 Self-Refuting Wisdom: Turning the Tables on Protagoras in the Theaetetus
Minding the Gap
Prelude to the Self-Refutation Argument (169d3–170a5)
Protagoras’ Defense (166c9–167d5)
Who is the Measure?
The Self-Refutation Argument (170a3–171c7)