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Political Science
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POL200Y1
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Rebecca Kingston

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Pol200y1
September 22, 2010
The Political and philosophic context of Plato’s Republic
I. Introduction.
Conception of the good: collection of principles and commitments that cohere
together in a vision that adheres to you and others of what is good
What does it mean to be good? It is relative to you as an individual
Political theory as developed in the West began as a conversation
What is the most important good in politics
What is a good place to live?
These thinkers were in dialogue with one another but also with their own time
Plato’s political project
Athenian democrats saw democracy as a necessary condition for their theory of
the good
II. The political history: democratic institutions of ancient Athens and the
controversies surrounding them
Democracy=persuasion rather than force
The republic is a commentary about good citizenship and rule
Perfection of the intellectual faculties and the formation of the just soul
a. Instability
Athens, large but relatively unstable
It was also fragile
462-322BC Athens remained democratic
b. Paradoxes
The main governing body, the main decisions were made by the citizens
themselves
There were more residence than citizens
Not all residence were citizens
Not necessarily more democratic than our society
The concept of the citizen
Citizens received special privileges
c. Defending democracy as a way of life
Democracy means Lack of experts
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Pol200y1 September 22, 2010 The Political and philosophic context of Platos Republic I. Introduction. Conception of the good: collection of principles and commitments that cohere together in a vision that adheres to you and others of what is good What does it mean to be good? It is relative to you as an individual Political theory as developed in the West began as a conversation What is the most important good in politics What is a good place to live? These thinkers were in dialogue with one another but also with their own time Platos political project Athenian democrats saw democracy as a necessary condition for their theory of the good II. The political history: democratic institutions of ancient Athens and the controver
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