25 - Soul and the City: Plato's Political Philosophy
In his masterpiece the Republic, Plato describes the ideal city and draws a parallel between this city and the just soul, with the three classes of the city mirroring the three parts of the soul. Peter discusses this parallel and the historical context that may have influenced Plato's political thought.
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• N.P. White, A Companion to Plato’s Republic (Indianapolis: 1979).
• J. Annas, An Introduction to Plato’s Republic (Oxford: 1981).
• J.M. Cooper, “Plato’s Theory of Human Motivation,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 1 (1984), 3-21.
• H. Lorenz, “Plato on the Soul,” in G. Fine (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Plato (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 35-55.
• C.D.C. Reeve, Philosopher-Kings: The Argument of Plato’s Republic (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988).
• M. Schofield, Plato: Political Philosophy (Oxford: 2006).