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Women in Plato’s Political Theory


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Morag Buchan
    Pages 1-9
  3. Morag Buchan
    Pages 10-31
  4. Morag Buchan
    Pages 32-52
  5. Morag Buchan
    Pages 53-76
  6. Morag Buchan
    Pages 77-97
  7. Morag Buchan
    Pages 135-154
  8. Morag Buchan
    Pages 155-161
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 162-189

About this book


Women in Plato's Political Theory argues that Plato's philosophy is a gendered philosophy; it contains within its basic tenets notions associated with masculinity. Consequently, the book explores the reasons why, in The Republic Plato includes women in the ruling class of his proposed ideal State on apparently equal terms with men and appears to offer them the opportunity to become Philosopher Kings, the ultimate rulers.


feminism gender nature philosophy Plato political theory politics women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.South Bank UniversityLondonUK

About the authors

MORAG BUCHAN is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at South Bank University. She started working life as a journalist, first on local Scottish newspapers and finally on the staff of a Scottish national daily newspaper based in Edinburgh. She moved to London in 1973, shortly after the birth of her son, and her degrees were taken as a mature student at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. She joined the staff of South Bank University in 1991.

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