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Book 1 The narrator Socrates recalls a visit he made the previous day to Piraeus, the port of Athens. He went there to see the ... Read More
Book 2 Despite the inconclusive end of the previous book, Glaucon and Adeimantus, Plato's brothers, are eager to pursue the que... Read More
Book 3 In Book 3 Socrates continues directly on the discussion of education for the guardians in the ideal state. In particular... Read More
Book 4 In the opening section of Book 4 Adeimantus raises the objection Socrates seems to have outlined a miserable, unenviable... Read More
Book 5 Near the end of Book 4 Socrates suggests the discussants should revert to the question of the comparative advantages of ... Read More
Book 6 What is the nature of the true philosopher? Having introduced the idea of the philosopher-king's rule of the ideal state... Read More
Book 7 This book begins as a seamless continuation of Book 6. To discover how enlightened or unenlightened human beings are, So... Read More
Book 8 At the beginning of Book 8 Socrates summarizes the main features of the perfect state, and Glaucon recalls Socrates had ... Read More
Book 9 In the first section of Book 9 Socrates continues his discussion of tyranny, focusing on the tyrannical man. As readers ... Read More
Book 10 At the beginning of Book 10, Socrates returns to his frontal assault on the status and role of poetry in the ideal state... Read More
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