Spring 2008

Plato's Republic

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-43


Jyl Gentzler (Section 01)


Why should I be just? Even if I do benefit from other people's being just, surely there are occasions on which I would benefit from being unjust. If so, then don't I sometimes have a good reason to be unjust? Plato's greatest work, the Republic, is devoted to answering this question. To defend the practice of justice, Plato must take a stand on most of the major questions in political philosophy, moral psychology, practical rationality, the nature of human well-being, metaphysics, and epistemology. This class will be devoted to an assessment of the entirety of Plato's argument. Requisite: Limited to 25 students. Second semester. Professor Gentzler.