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GOVT 161: Introduction to Political Philosophy Sheikh Shuvo February 6, 2006 Presentation: Republic , Plato I. Constitutions In the beginning of Book 3, Adeimantus quips to Socrates that “we have all been waiting for a long time in the expectation that you would surely discuss how procreation be handled…You see, we think that this makes a considerable difference- indeed, all the difference- to whether a constitution is correct or incorrect.” Up until now, Plato has been talking in abstractions, only presenting general ideas as to how the ideal society should be governed. He rarely goes into detail, instead merely explaining them with analogies and argumentative rhetoric. However, Adeimantus is not content with these generalizations, as he requires exact details and examples to back up arguments and ideas. At this point in the dialogue, the group of men has started thinking of constitutions. This seems to beg the question, how much detail is needed in a constitution? Do the architects of a constitution need to
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