Plato's Republic by Plato

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What was Plato's view on government? In the Plato's Repuplic, What are his view on government and the different types?

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Plato contends we are all made of the same three parts yet not all have the parts aligned in a healthy balance. The result is that greed, ambition, and foolishness rule in these unbalanced people. Plato lived through the democratic period in Athens' government and through the oligarchy period when the conquering Spartans installed the wealthy oligarchists as rulers of Athens, a move that unleashed a fierce retribution of bloodshed upon the unseated democratic rulers.

Plato rejected the rule of the mistake prone and seemingly unreasoning democratic faction and equally rejected the oligarchic rule...

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what was Plato's view on human nature?

discussion1984 | Student

rrteacher: That's interesting. But I'd still have to say that although I might understand why Plato would envision society as he did given the context, his philosophy is still elitist (not to mention a little strange and esoteric).

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discussion1984 | Student

This is a bad remark, but "elitist" would be the answer. And I just don't see the jutistification. If memory serves me right, he believed we all have the same qualities. But then he jumps to saying that the best with those qualities should be placed in one class and the rest in another. I don't see why he wouldn't say instead that those who seem to have less of some quality shouldn't be schooled to eventually have a similar quality as those who are deemed the best.

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