What is the main argument in Plato's Republic, Book VII?
A key element of Plato's Republic is that it is written in dialogue form. Rather than having a singular "main argument", the dialogues explore all sides of a question, often showing how people's reasoning about a subject is grounded in their personalities and habits of thought as well as reason. The dialogues were probably used in Plato's Academy as starting points for discussion and investigation rather than as providing final answers to questions. In a sense, looking for a conclusive "main argument" in Plato's dialogues is to misunderstand the nature of the dialogue as a philosophical genre.
The key to following the discussion in Book VII is to remember that the dialogue is a struggle to...
(The entire section contains 361 words.)
check Approved by eNotes Editorial