Evangelia Sembou, Plato’s Political Philosophy (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2012)

The aim of the book is to introduce the reader to Plato’s political philosophy. The book is directed towards an audience that approaches Plato for the first time. In Plato politics cannot be dissociated from ethics, metaphysics and epistemology. One cannot fully appreciate Plato’s ‘ideal state’, without understanding Plato’s Theory of Forms and his conception of the soul. For this reason the purpose of the book is to place Plato’s political philosophy within Plato’s philosophy as a whole. The book mainly focuses on Plato’s Republic, but also discusses the Statesman and the Laws. Where necessary and in order to explicate main Platonic doctrines, reference is also made to other Platonic dialogues. The purpose of the book is to serve as a guide to Plato’s political dialogues.
The book is aimed at undergraduate students of political philosophy and the history of ideas, as well as to the general public.

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About Evangelia Sembou

I was born in Athens, Greece. I hold a B.A. in Politics and History with First Class Honours from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London; an M.Sc. in Social and Political Theory with Distinction from The University of Edinburgh and a D.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford. I have written my doctoral dissertation on G. W. F. Hegel’s "Phenomenology of Spirit". I have published articles on Hegel in such scholarly journals as "History of Political Thought", the "Jahrbuch für Hegelforschung" and the "Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain", as well as an article on Hegel and Foucault in an edited collection (conference proceedings). I have also written numerous reviews of books. Moreover, I have presented my work at international conferences. My books include ‘Midwifery’ and Criticism in G. W. F. Hegel’s “Phenomenology of Spirit” (Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2012), Plato’s Political Philosophy (Exeter: Imprint Academic, April 2012) and Modern Theories of Politics (forthcoming in May 2013 by Peter Lang). I have taught political theory and philosophy in the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and at several Oxford colleges, and philosophy in the Faculty of Continuing Education at Birkbeck College, University of London. I am currently convenor of the Political Thought Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom. I am a member of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, Hegel Society of Great Britain, Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought, Hegel Society of America, European Society for the History of Political Thought, Internationale Hegel-Vereinigung, Association for Political Theory (APT - North America), the International Political Science Association (IPSA), (2011-2012); Greek Philosophical Society and the Hellenic Political Science Association. I am a reviewer for several scholarly journals.
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