The Republic By Plato Vs. Plato Essay example

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Finally, The Republic by Plato. The entirety of the book should be read with one major piece of biographical information in mind. It is written after the death of Socrates, a death imposed upon him by the Democracy of Athens. Plato is a strong critic of democracy and the Republic he creates is a city of words that in theory would create a perfect or ideal city. It is not quite Utopian as Utopia means nowhere, and totally impossible. The Kallipolis of Plato in his mind is improbable but not impossible. After describing the perfect city, Plato tells a story of decay and the last stop before Tyranny, Plato discusses democracy in direct language. The three major critiques that Plato offers on Democracy is that it is susceptible to demagoguery, it is plagued by an anarchic-freedom, and that factions and politics impede reaching the ultimate Truth or Good. First, Plato is bothered by this notion in democratic nations that anyone can rule. It is his opinion that ruling should be reserved to those who have trained their whole lives to do so, and have a balanced soul. The Kallipolis had a careful system for choosing and training leaders. Democracy by contrast is “magnificent how it tramples all that underfoot, gives no thought what sort of practices someone went in for before he entered politics, and honors him if only he tells them he wishes the majority well?” (Plato ln 558b 5-c). Democracies empower the demagogue and love hearing what they want to hear. This creation…

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