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Plato’s The Republic, Books 7 and 8 Reflection

A question on the transition from democracy to tyranny

 How thin is the line between freedom and enslavement?

Book 8 discusses the four types of unjust constitution and man. Plato/Socrates presents them in an order of increasing perversion of the ideal city-state, aristocracy. Since it is natural for the just city to eventually degenerate through time as it is virtually be difficult to sustain and maintain such state, the aristocratic government would successively change into other forms—timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, and tyranny—with the last being the most unjust and chaotic. Continue reading Plato’s The Republic, Books 7 and 8 Reflection