The State is not Like a Beehive: the Self-Containment of Plato’s Statesman
Filosofijos istorijos tyrimai
Vilius Bartninkas
Published 2014-01-01


the Statesman
political knowledge

How to Cite

Bartninkas V. (2014). The State is not Like a Beehive: the Self-Containment of Plato’s Statesman. Problemos, 86, 127-138.


The paper explores Plato’s Statesman in the perspective of its philosophical unity and autonomy. The relevance of this approach arises from the problem posed by the traditional readings of the Statesman – the developmental and unitarian. Both methods interpret the Statesman in the context of Plato’s major political dialogues of, the Republic and the Laws, thus preventing the exposing of the internal theoretical coherence of the dialogue. Hence this paper focuses on the analysis of the main political themes of the dialogue – conflict, statesmanship, and political knowledge – and their relations to each other. By discussing the emergence of the political and its importance for conceptualizing political practice, as well as by indicating the structural elements of statesmanship, the author of the paper argues that the Statesman contains a coherent and internally completed political theory.


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