Plato’s Republic, Book IX: The Soul of the Tyrant

In Book IX, Socrates continues the discussion from Book VIII by completing the analysis of the particular character of the Tyrant. Recall in Book VIII, that Socrates outlined the formation of each regime in descending order: Timocracy - Oligarchy - Democracy - Tyranny. Having identified the Tyrannic regime, his next job is to discuss the … Continue reading Plato’s Republic, Book IX: The Soul of the Tyrant

Plato’s Republic, Book VIII: The Decay of the Regimes

Socrates and Glaucon decide to return to the question of the best and happiest man, in conjunction with each of the remaining regimes. Earlier Socrates was about to embark on this discussion before he was interrupted by Adeimantus and Polemarchus to return to the discussion of total communism, that is the ownership and of women … Continue reading Plato’s Republic, Book VIII: The Decay of the Regimes