The Republic is a book about justice. It is also a book about money, about wisdom, about virtue, politics, the good, and being. But we do not read the Republic in order to learn from it what justice is, or wisdom, or the good, or the city, etc. Nor do we read it primarily to find out what Plato thought of these matters (although this can be useful when comparing Plato to modern philosophers).
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"Okay, Mr. KTL,
but I'm really just
here to find out
what Plato thought
Oh, hi there, little nut-hoarder. You're enrolled in an introductory philosophy class, aren't you? I'm sorry to hear that. Well, come back when you want to read Plato's Republic! (If it's a decent class you might.)
Posts on the Republic
- What is Dialectic?
- Why should I care?
- So dialectic is just the art of pissing people off by proving them wrong, right?
- Okay then, what is Socrates doing in his conversation with Cephalus?
- The Good
What is Dialectic? (A Study of Socratic Refutation in the Republic)
Here's what I've argued so far:
- "Dialectic" generally refers to an approach to truth which brings about a transition from one dimension of things to another. This transition reframes or reorients things so that what was many is now one and what was one is now many.