Critical Analysis Of Plato's Republic

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Of the many important texts in our world’s history, Plato’s Republic is among the best of them. This text has been used countless times and for countless reasons. Jon Dorbolo states, “The Republic is considered by many to be Plato’s masterwork. It certainly is one of the most important texts of political theory. In the Republic, Plato reasons his way to a description of the perfect political system.” So many people used the Republic when making important political decisions and writing important political documents. Our nation was founded with Plato’s Republic in mind. Thomas Jefferson knew the Republic very well and used it when writing the Declaration of Independence. Another important figure in history, St. Augustine, had the Republic memorized. So many different themes can be discovered when reading this text. In the first five books alone, major messages of justice, specialization, and feminism…show more content…
Socrates is widely considered to be the first male feminist in history. In book five of Republic, Socrates proposes the idea of having guardians for the city. He believes these guardians can be both men and women alike. Socrates believed men and women to be equal in this regard. C.W. Taylor points out, “Socrates suggests that the distinction between male and female is as relevant as the distinction between having long hair and having short hair for the purposes of deciding who should be active guardians.” Socrates also states that females need to be put through the same school as males. Socrates says, “The if we are to use the women for the same things as the men, we must teach them the same things.” Socrates is arguing that women cannot perform the same tasks as men do without being taught how to do them. This was a very radical statement in Socrates’ time. No one before him had ever thought women to be equal to men. Clearly, feminism is a major theme in Plato’s
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