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University of Toronto St. George
Mark Kingwell

The Republic Book 5 - in some sense, the basic answer that Plato defends about justice: the reason justice is desirable is to have a certain kind of psychological harmony that keeps you doing good things even if you had the opportunity to do bad - reason for delay to answer the three questions of justice: Plato is concerned to do two things in detail: 1. most importantly, what part of your soul it is to allow reason to rule in your soul which turns out to involve difficulty because not everyone has reason ruling their soul 2. in order to show why having a harmonious soul makes you being a just person, he must show why what a disharmonious soul looks like and why that makes you unjust - Glaucon's and Adeimantus' three waves of objection to Plato's radical notions of an ideal society: -the status of women and children in society - a radical view; Plato wants to abolish the traditional family -women are equal to men and should adopt social roles -society should practice selective breeding: the state should have legitimate interest in your appropriated sexual activities -the only important difference is that women bear children and that they are stronger and less strong - focusing on those differences are arbitrary -these women have limited opportunities but when they are given opportunities they exceed men in talent; d
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