Analysis Of Plato's Republic

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Plato's Republic centers on a simple question: is it always better to be just than unjust? The Republic sustains reflections on political questions, as well. Not that ethics and politics exhaust the concerns of the Republic. In the Republic Plato compares the nature of the human individual to the members of a state. He thinks we are complex individuals, with more than one part in our souls. These parts can either cooperate or just be harmful to each other. Just so in the state there are different classes of people with strengths and interests in different areas. Those classes may be in conflict, and the state in an unhealthy condition of disagreement or they may cooperate for the good of the whole. If they do cooperate with each other it benefits the overall society. Plato is serious in his suggestions about the human personality. No one doubts that we are likely to be happy if we didn’t second guess ourselves or go against our better judgement at times and make bad decisions. Plato also holds that our life is finest and best when we realize how far we can take our minds and take advantage of this. Unfortunately, this only happens in a person that has their life well together and is very secure with themselves. Like other ancient philosophers, Plato maintains a virtue-based conception of ethics. Someones self worth is related to their morals and their morals come from what they take value in. If Plato's conception of happiness is elusive and his support for a morality of happiness seem depressing there are reasons for this. His conception of happiness differs vastly from most people. In Plato’s early works, his approach is largely negative: “Socratic questioning seems designed to undermine the traditional values rather than... ... middle of paper ... ...ough Plato believes he is creating a just society, he is not creating a free one. Without freedom of any kind, it is definite that at least several people will develop a defiant nature and revolt. A great flaw in Plato's republic is the absence of back up plans for a revolution from the people. I do not believe that Plato has created a just state with his method of three distinct social classes. The lengths the guardians of the society must go through to reach the ideal end are drastic immoral. Plato's plan to strictly manipulate children's education and development as well as his plan to hold festivals as a means of reproduction are unethical an improbably successful. By eliminating the free will of people in a society, the citizens become no more than puppets pulled by the ruler's desires. I believe Plato's republic is deeply flawed and would most certainly fail.
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