References

The Classics Pages
Includes a guided tour of Plato's Republic. I highly recommend this resource.

Plato
Excellent essay by Richard Kraut from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Philosophy Talk: Plato
Listen to this excellent radio program and take notes. The segment is about one hour. The free Real Player is required for streaming audio.

Plato and Platonism
A concise introductory essay from the Catholic Encyclopedia

The Philosophy of Plato
An well-organized overview from the Radical Academy

The Republic, Book I
One of Plato's greatest and most influential works. This is a marked-up version of the Jowett translation.

The Republic: Study Questions
To think about and look for when reading Book I.

The Apology
The mind altering depiction of the trial of Socrates. really, this work changed the world and if you read it well it will change you too.

Works by Plato
25 of his dialogues and letters from the 1871 translation by Benjamin Jowett

Plato's Allegory Of The Cave: A Springboard For The Matrix
A clever interpretation of Plato's allegory in relation to a philosophical movie The Matrix

Noble lies and perpetual war
Danny Postel and
Shadia Drury discusses Plato and other political philosophers in the service of contemporary theory and practice. This piece is particularly useful as an instance of how ancient philosophy remains relevant. Whether Drury's critique of Leo Strauss and current politics is accurate is open to discussion.


 

Plato: The Republic, Book One

Study Questions Print pdf version

These questions are for your own use when reading Book I of the Republic. Think through the questions in advance so that you can be looking for the answers as you read the text. The print pdf version lays the questions out in a form that may make it easy for your to use as you read. Your answers may involve your interpretation of what is said rather than sheer facts.

Part one: The Encounter
How does Polemarchus attempt to convince Socrates and Glaucon to stay rather than leave? What does Socrates offer as an alternative to force?

Part two: Justice as honesty
What is Cephalus's definition of justice?

Part three: Justice as loyalty
What is Polemarchus's definition of justice?

Part four: Justice as the interest of the stronger
What is Thrasymachus's definition of justice? How does Socrates define harm?
Why does he believe that it is never just to harm anyone? According to Socrates what is the primary interest of any art and its practitioner? For example, what is the interest of the doctor and his art? According to Socrates what is the primary interest of the art of ruling and the ruler?

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