Plato’s Republic – Book V
Having explored what he considers to be the finest life available to man in the ideal state, and discovered the role of the guardian in maintaining the freedom of the city, Plato turns to some of the most controversial issues in the dialogue.
Plato suggests that he would rather have left the question about the community of woman and children, for his conclusions were extremely controversial in ancient Athens. And they remain controversial today: are we able to reconcile the difficulties and see through the detail and discern the bigger picture and underlying principle?
That is the challenge in Book V of the Republic. Is Plato an intuitive and enlightened thinker or a backward looking hide- bound dogmatist?
Plato concludes with an intuitive enquiry into what can and cannot be known and stresses the importance of philosophy in politics:
“Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one,…cities will never have rest from their evils, – no, nor the human race, as I believe – and then only will this our state have a possibility of life and behold the light of day”.
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