Plato’s Republic: Book 1

What is the ideal way to run a society? Danielle Green introduces us to the ancient Greek philosopher Plato and his work, the Republic, from which his famous idea of The Allegory of the Cave originates. She also talks about studying Philosophy at university and how it can teach you to evaluate arguments. This talk will be particularly useful if you are currently studying or interested in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, Politics, or Classics.

Watch Danielle Green’s talk below! You can find links to the further resources she mentions underneath the video.

Further resources

You can read Plato’s Republic here. On this episode of In Our Time, Melvyn Bragg discusses the questions that Plato’s Republic raises about justice with academics Professor MM McCabe, Professor Angie Hobbs and Professor James Warren.

Talk by Danielle Green for the St John’s Inspire Programme Summer School.  

Danielle Green

Danielle Green was awarded her BA in Philosophy and French with First Class Honours at St John’s College, Oxford in 2019. She then completed an MA in Development Economics and International Development at the Institute of Development Studies with Distinction. She is the Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director of Eudaimonde, a personal and sustainable development education platform for primary school children. She is currently Climate and Sustainable Development Networks Lead for the Ditchley Foundation.

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