Lecture 4 - Philosophers and Kings: Plato, Republic, I-II

author: Steven B. Smith, Department of Political Science, Yale University
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published: Jan. 4, 2010,   recorded: September 2006,   views: 5032
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Lecture 4 introduces Plato's Republic and its many meanings in the context of moral psychology, justice, the power of poetry and myth, and metaphysics. The Republic is also discussed as a utopia, presenting an extreme vision of a polis--Kallipolis--Plato's ideal city.

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Plato, Republic, I

Resources: Plato, Republic, translated with an introduction by Benjamin Jowett Courtesy of the University of Adelaide Library Electronic Texts Collection

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