Lecture 6 - Philosophers and Kings: Plato, Republic, V

author: Steven B. Smith, Department of Political Science, Yale University
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published: Jan. 4, 2010,   recorded: September 2006,   views: 3224
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In this last session on the Republic, the emphasis is on the idea of self-control, as put forward by Adeimantus in his speech. Socrates asserts that the most powerful passion one needs to learn how to tame is what he calls thumos. Used to denote "spiritedness" and "desire," it is associated with ambitions for public life that both virtuous statesmen as well as great tyrants may pursue. The lecture ends with the platonic idea of justice as harmony in the city and the soul.

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Plato, Republic, V

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

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