Understanding Plato's Republic
April 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
- Provides a much needed up to date discussion of The Republic's fundamental ideas and Plato's main argument
- Discusses the unity and coherence of The Republic as a whole
- Written in a lively style, informed by over 50 years of teaching experience
- Reveals rich insights into a timeless classic that holds remarkable relevance to the modern world
1 Introduction: The Style, Main Argument, and Basic Ideas of the Republic.
1 The Dialogue Style and the Characters.
2 The Main Argument and Plot of the Republic.
3 The Fundamental Ideas of the Republic.
2 Is Justice the Interest of the Rulers? Is It Good for Us? The Challenge of Thrasymachus.
1 Why does Thrasymachus Think that Justice is the Interest of the Rulers?
2 Socrates' Refutations of Thrasymachus’ Premises.
3 Is [the] Justice [of Thrasymachus] Good for Me?
4 Thrasymachus Unconvinced, Socrates Dissatisfied. What Has Gone Wrong?
3 Justice by Agreement. Is It Good Enough? The Challenge of Plato's Brothers.
1 What is Justice? Glaucon’s Theory of a Social Contract.
2 Glaucon and Thrasymachus on what Justice is: Results and Methods.
3 Why should I be Just?
4 What is a Just Society? Plato's own Social Ideal.
1 What is Justice? Socrates Divides the Question.
2 What is a Just Society? The Problem of Justice, and How Socrates Tries to Solve It.
3 The Functional Theory of Good and Virtue.
4 Plato's Definitions of Justice and the other Virtues of his Completely Good City.
5 Return to Plato's Methods for Discovering Justice.
5 Plato's Ideal of a Just and Good Person.
1 The Analogy between a Just City and a Just Soul.
2 Plato's Analysis of the Human Psyche.
3 Parts of the Human Psyche: Faculties or Agents?
4 Just, Temperate, Brave, and Wise Human Souls.
5 Plato's Ideal of Rationality.
6 The Virtues and Vices of the City-soul Analogy.
6 The Equality of Women: Plato's Blindfold.
1 The Blindfold of Justice.
2 Does Plato's Justice wear a Blindfold?
3 The Gender Blindfold of Plato’s Justice.
4 Was Plato an Advocate of Women’s Rights? Was He a Feminist?
7 Knowledge and Governing Well: Opinions and Knowledge, Forms and the Good.
1 Ideals as Standards and their Approximations.
2 The Paradox of the Philosopher-king: Knowledge and Political Power.
3 Knowledge and Opinions.
4 Platonic Forms and Physical Particulars.
5 Plato's Theory of the Form of the Good.
6 Knowledge of Good.
7 How Elitist is Plato's Completely Good City?
8 Plato's Criticisms of Democracy and the Democratic Character.
1 Political Equalities and Economic Inequalities.
2 Platonic Knowledge and Democratic Ruling.
3 Plato's Criticisms of Democratic Freedoms.
4 Plato's Democratic Character: Freedom and Equality in the Human Psyche.
5 Plato's Criticisms of his Democratic Character.
9 Plato's Defense of his Social and Psychic Justice.
1 Is Plato's Social Justice Justice at all?
2 Is Plato's Political Justice Better for me than the Justice of Thrasymachus or the Justice of Plato's Brothers?
3 Is Plato's Political Justice Good for All the Citizens?
4 Plato's Defense of his Just Person: The Sachs Problem.
5 The Defense of Justice as the Health of the Soul.
6 The Defense of the Just Life as the Pleasantest.
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