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. - Chapter 1. Introduction - Chapter 2. What Is Plato's "Republic" About? - Chapter 3. I Went Down to the Piraeus - Chapter 4. The Seventh Letter - Chapter 5. Analyzing the Beginning of "Republic" and the Hierarchy of Characters - Chapter 6. Cephalus Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

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