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Department
Political Science
Course Code
POL200Y1
Professor
Janice Stein

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POL200 Jan 13
The republic address a broader and deeper range of human needs than any that we
have seen thus far
An understanding of life that is strongly alternative to the modern one
Classical thinkers were anti-modern and modernists dismiss them
The fundamental difference between that ancients and the moderns
The Republic of Plato is a dialogue
An exchange of differing views
Crucial truths emerge from dialogue
Dialogue is a kind of subtle drama
Socrates makes other characters very angry
He remains one character among many
He is the only voice of Plato
The truth lies in the interaction
Deal with the question about what is justice and what it means to the person who
practices it
The title
A way of life
The way of life
Justice as the way of life
The dialogue
The conversation seems compulsory because he is diverted from his original
destination
However, he is intentionally going with Glauchan (he is someone whose company
Socrates enjoys)
Socrates bows to the will of the majority, but not because it is wise or just because it
is stronger and unreasonable
The Republic begins with the weakness of reason in human life
Glauchan accepts , and then, Socrates is alone in his hesitance
He must accept after Glauchan does
This conversation gives rise to philosopher rulers
Ironically, Socrates, the philosopher, fails at the beginning of the dialogue
The conversation takes place at the greatest port of Athens
ports are characteristic of diversity
Centres of innovations in a society
Traditional societies view innovation as differently that modern society
Fears and suspects innovation
At a port, anything is accepted
Time of an introduction of a new goddess (innovation)
Home of Polemrecus
Cathalus is the head of the family in every sense
Piety (father) supports patriarchy (sons)
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