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Plato’s Republic, Note Machiavelli’s View of Government

Posted by lmakhasin on March 8th, 2010 under Western Political Thought • 46 Comments

In his Discourses Upon the First Ten Books of Titus Livy, Niccolò Machiavelli, more famous for The Prince, describes the “various kinds of states” in a fashion similar, but in some important ways different, from Plato. Plato’s description (at left) is really a thought experiment of how his ideal state, the Aristocracy of philosophers, would […]

Plato’s Republic

Posted by lmakhasin on March 8th, 2010 under Western Political Thought • 76 Comments

Plato usually wrote relatively short pieces, like the Euthyphro, Meno, etc. In all his writings there are only two book length works, the Republic and the Laws. The Laws was the last thing Plato wrote, at eighty, and it is a grim and terrifying culmination of the totalitarian tendencies in his earlier political thought. It […]