Plato’s best (and worst) ideas - Wisecrack
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For more on Plato’s theories of justice and the ideal society, watch an introduction to Plato’s Republic by Yale political science professor, Steven B. Smith. Steve Schwartz provides a summary of Books V-VII of Plato’s Republic, which helps the reader understand the connection between knowledge, the Forms, and the ideal state. For a focused discussion of Plato’s division of social classes, watch Professor Smith’s lecture on philosophers and kings.
If you want to read Plato’s Republic, both M.I.T. and Tufts University offer free e-versions of the text. Tufts offers the original Greek as well, along with annotations. David Macintosh offers a clear introduction to Plato’s theory of Forms in the magazine, Philosophy Now. You can also read Plato’s own account of the forms in his dialogue, Phaedo. A robust but accessible discussion of Plato’s views of women can be found on the Classics Network.
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