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A Dialogue With Plato

Uploaded by jacobw500 on Apr 12, 2002

As I walked through the Professor Einstein’s massive laboratory I remembered how lucky I was to be his assistant. At the back of Einstein’s laboratory was a special top secret room that I had never been allowed access to. The professor was meeting the president and wouldn’t be back until Thursday so I’d be safe checking it out just this once. I opened the door and was disappointed to only find a small table with a large book laying open on top. I took a closer look and the only words the book contained were “Plato 328 B.C.” I shut the book and was about to leave when I heard a whirling of hidden machines and a bright flash of light, suddenly I was in a sunny grove wearing a toga, sitting next to me was a man writing on a scroll labeled “The Republic.” I realized must be Plato.

Plato: Ah hello my young friend, you must be one Professor Einstein’s students. How can I help you?

Jacob: I really have to get home if the professor realized I used his machine he’ll be furious.

Plato: Really? You don’t want to ask me anything?

Jacob: Well I guess. In my time there are many different types of government. What is your idea of the perfect form of government, an ideal state?

Plato: An ideal state would be based on the model of the soul; we’ll get to that later. The ideal state has three castes in which everyone would know their place, The Philosopher Kings, the Guardians, and the Laborers. The Philosopher Kings rule society. The Kings would not be a monarchy, they are the ones who train their minds to reason, and have gained wisdom. Above all, the Philosopher Kings must reason, because the creation of a good state depends on its ability to be governed with reason. It is not enough to govern with senses, because they are based on the body and our unreliable. The Philosopher Kings must come to decisions based on sound reason. Then there are the Guardians who protect society and must aspire to courage. Neither the Philosopher Kings nor the Guardians raise children; have a family life, or own private property. They should focus their entire lives on serving the state. The vast number of people though would be laborers, made up of farmers, artisans and merchants. The Laborers are the ones who provide for society. They...

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Uploaded by:   jacobw500

Date:   04/12/2002

Category:   Miscellaneous

Length:   8 pages (1,716 words)

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