5. Philosophers and Kings: Plato's Republic, III-IV

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Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114)

The discussion of the Republic continues. An account is given of the various figures, their role in the dialogue and what they represent in the work overall. Socrates challenges Polemarchus' argument on justice, questions the distinction between a friend and an enemy, and asserts his famous thesis that all virtues require knowledge and reflection at their basis.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Polemarchus
08:25 - Chapter 2. Thrasymachus
18:59 - Chapter 3. Glaucon
26:09 - Chapter 4. Adeimantus
37:28 - Chapter 5. Spiritedness and the Establishment of the Just City

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This course was recorded in Fall 2006.