Plato essay.pdf - Antonia Haydn A When looking into the...

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Antonia Haydn A: When looking into the different forms of constitution that Plato describes in “The Republic” it easily becomes evident that the tyranny, and therefore also the tyrannical character, is classified as the lowest, and most distanced from the perfect state. According to Plato, the tyrant is an absolute ruler, who established their rule by exploiting the system of democracy, a system in where classes have become non existent, or lost their significance to such a point, where they might seem as well non existent. Furthermore, the tyrant uses specifically this desire to eliminate a class system in order to gain power, by promising the very elimination of it. With this, it can be easily seen how the tyrant is the most dangerous character towards Platos perfect state, as Platos perfect state finds its very foundation in the upholding of those class systems. When the tyrant now finally establishes his rule, his political survival solely depends on the extermination of all rivals, to which, in his absolute power, he does not shy away from, and most likely tends to unjust measures. He is tempted, or more or less condemned to those by his pre-

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