The Life that Created the Ideal Republic

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The beginning:
The Life that Created the Ideal Republic
Perhaps the first truly organized aspect of creating a philosophy of life, citizens and the governments whop control both may have begun, some claim, with Hammurabi. But it was Plato in his many works, especially in his creation called The Republic that one can see Nozick’s five criteria clearly. Compared with many of the Greeks Plato mentions in his various works (and there is still some lingering doubt that “Socrates” was real and a character created by Plato) his theories are far mor3e clearly focused and meant to further the achievements of Athens; politicians, philosophers and the educated.
Positioning Plato as the first leading philosopher able to put his ideas and meanings into clear writing,...
The end:
.....onstructed but these men (and a few women).
Yes, Plato fits the majority of Nozick’s criteria, but, in Nozick’s more modern context, he flounders on several so as not to be the perfect, the ideal. But then, other than a religiously acknowledged saint, who can life up to Nozick’s criteria?
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Hutchins, Robert M. “The Syntopicon: “Philosophy” Vol. 3 of
Great Books of the Western World Chicago: University
Of Chicago Press (1952)
Plato. The Republic. Great Books of the Western World. Vol. 7.
Translated by Benjamin Jowett
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1956.