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Plato’s The Republic, Books 9 and 10 Reflection

I don’t know how, but my post got deleted, so I had to post this again. Who knows where the original post went.


 How will the unjust man ever live a just life?

It was mentioned in Book 9 that the just man has more control over his decisions than the unjust man has over his own. This is because the just man lets his reason, the rational part of his soul, rule his pleasures and desires, while the unjust man does not use his reason, but enslaves himself to his appetitive pleasures and desires. The desires and pleasures of the unjust or tyrannical man can never satisfy them as they are not permanent—they are only illusory pleasures that need to be renewed every time. These insatiable cravings, if they are the only pleasure sought by a man, could only make him a being always hungry of food that will never provide him of all the nutrients which will lead to his well-being. Continue reading Plato’s The Republic, Books 9 and 10 Reflection

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