4. Philosophers and Kings: Plato’s Republic, I-II

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Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114)

Lecture 4 introduces Plato’s Republic and its many meanings in the context of moral psychology, justice, the power of poetry and myth, and metaphysics. The Republic is also discussed as a utopia, presenting an extreme vision of a polis–Kallipolis–Plato’s ideal city.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Introduction
03:04 – Chapter 2. What Is Plato’s “Republic” About?
17:38 – Chapter 3. I Went Down to the Piraeus
22:05 – Chapter 4. The Seventh Letter
30:00 – Chapter 5. Analyzing the Beginning of “Republic” and the Hierarchy of Characters
38:13 – Chapter 6. Cephalus

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This course was recorded in Fall 2006.