Plato's Republic Book 6 Summary and Analysis


Book 6 Summary and Analysis

1. The Philosopher’s Character (484–487a)

Philosophers who have true vision are best suited to guard the laws and customs of a city. Other people are blind compared to them. Philosophers love truth, spurn physical pleasures, and don’t fear death. They are temperate, courageous, and just. Philosophers also learn easily and have a good memory. Finally, philosophers’ grace and sense of proportion enable them to easily understand the nature of the forms. These, then, are the people to whom the state must be entrusted.

The description of a philosopher that Plato puts in Socrates’ mouth is anything but humble. To some degree, it is designed specifically...

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