Argument in Plato’s “The Republic”


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Argument in Plato’s "The Republic"
In Plato’s The Republic the question of whether or not an ideal regime or city is desirable or not comes into question. It may be argued that Plato’s Socrates is in favour of the city state, that the city state is like a model for the ideal citizen, and vice versa. The two entities reinforce each other. The virtuous citizen makes the city state more virtuous, and the virtuous city state makes the citizen more virtuous. The reasons for this opinion are not mysterious, as people living in a city can see more order and safety and pleasure being derived in Toronto, for example, by people living in the nicer parts of town. On the other hand, sketchier parts of the city have more sketchy people roaming about,...
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..... It can be said that the Platonic city state is desirable even if it will always be suffering smaller conflicts and addressing dissatisfactions within it, because the right to express dissatisfaction is necessary for a state to retain its value for its citizens. If a totalitarian state is being invaded by a democratic state, it is more likely that the charges of the totalitarian state will assist the democratic overthrow of their own nation. For citizens and their state to work best together, they must both work toward a kind of perfection that cannot be achieved but must be tried and strived toward to establish good faith.
Plato. The Republic. 2005. Accessed 9 November 2010.