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In Book V around 458 e, it is written: "That's right Glaucon, is that promiscuity is...

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mike-no-19 | Student | eNotes Newbie

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In Book V around 458 e, it is written: "That's right Glaucon, is that promiscuity is impious in a city of happy people, and the rulers won't allow it."

In this particular quote we can see how the republic is becoming a monarchy in which the rulers get to decide everything for the people. They even get to choose what makes their people happy. My question is, how, in the perfect city, do rulers get to choose what makes people happy when even love, a term which coexists with happiness, is decided for them?

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paralysedforce | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM (Answer #1)

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Plato believed that many of the people's decisions would be made for them by what is called a "philosopher-king". Because this king was also a philosopher, Plato reasoned that he would be better suited to choosing the mates of others, for his interest in the quest of knowledge better suited him for great decisions. And, just because who they love would be decided for them, did not mean love would completely be out of the equation. So, in Plato's Republic, there would still be love, but it would be a more perfect, ideal and complete form of love, because of the control of the philosopher-king.

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