Understanding Plato

A brief summary of Plato’s main philosophies in The Republic.

This paper claims that in order to truly understand Plato, one must be able to understand his philosophy as explained in The Republic. The question at the center of the Republic is whether it is better to live justly or unjustly. To answer this question, Plato first constructs a perfectly Just City. The writer looks at how the society in this city operates and how we can understand Plato’s philosophical ideals from this society.
“In The Republic is Plato attempting to demonstrate through the character and discourse of Socrates that justice is better than justice is the good which men must strive for, regardless of whether they could be unjust and still be rewarded. Heuses dialectic, the asking and answering of questions which led the hearer from one point to another, with logic by obtaining agreement to each point before going on to the next, and so building an argument.”