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The St. John's Review exemplifies, encourages, and enhances the disciplined reflection that is nurtured by the St. John's Program. It does so both through the character most in common among its contributors — their familiarity with the Program and their respect for it — and through the style and content of their contributions. As it represents the St. John's Program, The St. John's Review espouses no philosophical, religious, or political doctrine beyond a dedication to liberal learning, and its readers may expect to find diversity of thought represented in its pages.


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Essays & Lectures
Tocqueville’s Worst Fears Realized? The Political Implications
of Ralph Waldo Emerson’sTranscendental Spiritualism ...........1
Bryan-Paul Frost

“At the Very Center of the Plenitude”: Goethe’s Grand Attempt
to Overcome the 18th Century; or, How Freshman Laboratory
Saved Goethe From the General Sickness of his Age ...............40
David Levine

Special Section: Justice
Editor’s Note .........................................................................70

The Actual Intention of Plato’s Dialogues on
on Justice and Statesmanship ................................................71
Eva Brann

Reflections on Justice in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s
The Brothers Karamazov........................................................80
Chester Burke

Peaceniks and Warmongers: The Disunity of Virtue
in Plato’s Statesman ...............................................................89
Peter Kalkavage

Raskolnikov’s Redemption......................................................99
Nicholas Maistrellis

Justice in Plato’s Statesman ..................................................110
Eric Salem

Reviews
Getting to Know Kierkegaard Better
Book Review of Richard McCombs’s
The Paradoxical Rationality of Søren Kierkegaard ............119
James Carey

Plato’s Political Polyphony
Book Review of Plato: Statesman,translated by
Eva Brann, Peter Kalkavage, and Eric Salem. .....................134
Gregory Recco


Editor

William Pastille

Editorial Board
Eva T. H. Brann
Frank Hunt
Joe Sachs
John Van Doren
Robert B. Williamson
Elliott Zuckerman

Subscriptions and Editorial Assistant 
Deziree Arnaiz

The St. John's Review is published by the Office of the Dean, St. John's College, Annapolis: Christopher B. Nelson, President; Pamela Kraus, Dean. All manuscripts are subject to blind review. Address correspondence toThe St. John's Review, St. John's College, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 or via e-mail at review@sjc.edu.

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It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. - W.E.B. Du Bois