Socratic introduction to platos republic a kreeft peter this book is designed for three classes of people 1 beginners who want an introduction to philosophy. Book i summary in the republic plato speaking through his teacher socrates sets out to answer two questionswhat is justice why should we be just book i sets up these challenges the interlocutors engage in a socratic dialogue similar to that found in platos earlier works. 1 introduction the question and the strategy 11 the nature of the question in book one the republics question first emerges in the figure of cephalusafter socrates asks his host what it is like being old 328d e and rich 330d rather rude we might think cephalus says that the best thing about wealth is that it can save us from being unjust and thus smooth the way for an . The introduction the republic of plato is the longest of his works with the exception of the laws and is certainly the greatest of them the republic of plato is also the first treatise upon education of which the writings of milton and locke rousseau jean paul and goethe are the legitimate descendants the delineation of socrates
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