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The City Of The Gods : A Platonic Polytheist’s Thoughts On The Republic

Edward P. Butler

Plato's Republic is one of the most widely read philosophical texts in the world today, and yet it is never read as it was in antiquity, but instead through the lens of modern concerns and preconceptions. This book seeks to recover the ancient wisdom of this text about justice in the soul and in the community. This comprehensive book-by-book companion to Plato's text, informed by the ancient Platonic commentary tradition, restores to the Republic its systematic context in the fabric of Platonic thought, its metaphysical significance, and most of all, its profound polytheist piety and mystical insight.

Edward P. Butler received his doctorate in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research in 2004 for his dissertation, “The Metaphysics of Polytheism in Proclus”. Since then, he has published regularly in academic journals and edited volumes, primarily on Platonism, the polytheistic philosophy of religion, and the theologies of several polytheistic traditions. From 2014 to 2019, he was the co-editor of an independent academic journal, Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork, and presently serves on the advisory board of the journal Oscillations: Non-Standard Experiments in Anthropology, the Social Sciences, and Cosmology. A practicing polytheist, he promotes the understanding of polytheism and the preservation, restoration and revival of polytheistic traditions around the globe as the director of the Center for Polytheism Studies at INDICA. More information about his work is available at his site,