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IV, 33 : Nam cunctas nationes et urbes populus aut primores aut singuli regunt: delecta ex iis his et consociata constituta rei publicae forma laudari facilius quam evenire, vel si evenit, haud diuturna esse potest.

The only justice that can satisfy these two criteria is one that is directed outward to one's fellow men, one that has regard for the interest of others. Thus, according to this view, it is warranted to regard the Republic as a work on political philosophy and as a seminal work in that area.

But the ideal city, if it first comes about by chance, obviously cannot depend on chance for its continued existence.

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Santas, Gerasimos. But the critic can fall back on the charge of undesirability. Then they will receive education in mathematics: arithmetic and number cplane geometry cand solid geometry b.

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Socrates gives a partial explanation of the nature of dialectic and leaves Glaucon with no clear explanation of its nature or how it may lead to understanding aa. At other times Socrates seems to say that the same account of justice must apply in both cases because the F-ness of a whole is due to the F-ness of its parts e. The disparaging remarks have to be taken one-by-one, as it is doubtful that all can be understood in exactly the same way. If Socrates can then explain how a just city is always more successful and happy than an unjust city, by giving an account of civic justice and civic happiness, he will have a model to propose for the relation between personal justice and flourishing. Unlike the philosophers by nature, whose moral virtues come as a by-product of wisdom 83 , these 'hard men', trained in bodily virtues suitable to the warrior, miss out on the true moral virtues. Theory of universals[ edit ] The Republic contains Plato's Allegory of the cave with which he explains his concept of The Forms as an answer to the problem of universals. Socrates considers several candidates for what the Good is, such as pleasure and knowledge and he rejects them b-d. Socrates is quite explicit that the good at which the rulers aim is the unity of the city a—b. He sees that the fire and statues in the cave were just copies of the real objects; merely imitations. The best guardian men will also be allowed to have sex with as many women as they desire in order to increase the likelihood of giving birth to children with similar natures a-b.

From this, he concludes that ruling should be left to philosophers, who are the most just and therefore least susceptible to corruption.

With the founding of the just city completed, Socrates proceeds to discuss justice d. As for the purely appetitive part not having its own distinctive virtue, is there really anything so odd about that?

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This will nonetheless satisfy Glaucon and Adeimantus if the just are better off that is, closer to happy than the unjust in these circumstances.

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