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Conditions for Politics in Plato's Statesman

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2015, (57), pp.307-336
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : March 27, 2015
  • Accepted : May 7, 2015

Kim Tae Kyung 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper analyzes Plato's Statesman291a-303c in order to explore "law (Nomos)" and "wisdom (Phronesis)" as a condition for politics. This paper epecially understands the characters of law and wisdom in relation to humans and human affairs as objects of politics and argues the importance of wisdom because of variability of human affairs and the complexity of human eidos. Thus this paper intends to illuminate the flexibility of wisdom and the distinguished obstinacy of law. It is necessary to examine wisdom in consideration of the complexity of human eidos and disorderliness of the world. Wisdom can be a necessary condition for politics because of the capability to participate in the nature of diverse and variable human affairs. Law also is a condition for politics which is necessary to meet with the complexity of human eidos and the variability of human beings. In the face of the difference with respect to human intelligence, wisdom again requires law. Therefore, both law and wisdom are the conditions for politics. Law is a condition for politics which is necessary to wisdom because it does not consider the complexity of human eidos and the variability of human things. Wisdom is a condition for politics which is necessary to law because of the difference of human intelligence.

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