Plato’s Republic: Book I
Plato, Socrates and Aristotle were all influential Greek philosophers and politicians. Although Socrates taught Plato, who then in turn taught Aristotle, the three philosophers each had distinctive views. During this lecture, you will consider what it meant to Plato to be a philosopher. Discussed in a Socratic dialogue (a form of literacy where views are discussed as a dialogue between two or more characters), Book I of Plato’s Republic reflects on justice, and what it means to be just. Consider the views of the characters in this dialogue, what points they make and to what extent you agree with them.