The Core Curriculum, Series 2, Episode 8: The Republic, Book 8

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Michial Farmer, Coyle Neal, and Victoria Reynolds Farmer talk about book eight of Plato’s Republic.

Show Notes

During the war and its aftermath, Athens experienced a number of revolutions and counterrevolutions in which democracy (government by the majority), the characteristic form of Athenian government, alternated with oligarchy (government by a minority), the form of government characteristic of Sparta. Plato’s family was heavily involved in the oligarchical regime of the Thirty which took power in 404, and it may well have been disgust at the ferocity of their rule which dissuaded Plato from pursuing a political career and led him into a private life devoted to the study of philosophy. (From his Introduction to Republic, trans. Davies and Vaughan, Wordsworth Classics, 1997.)

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