Are you trying to understand the nature of political life? Do you want to read the greatest books of philosophy ever written? Are you ready for a life-changing opportunity to study Plato?
It all starts here.
Plato's Republic. The classic among classics of political philosophy. Discover Socrates and other memorable characters as they go deep into conversation about politics and the soul. Learn to decipher Plato's art of writing. Experience one of the greatest books ever.
It's amazing when you first see that something you're often talking and thinking about was discussed seriously thousands of years ago. It suddenly collapses time into an instant and you're right there alongside those who asked your questions throughout the ages. That happens when you read the Republic.
Feel the thrill...
Understanding a foundational text (gradually, over the long term) feels great. But it's exciting just to open the book for the first time in the knowledge that you're about to pass through gates that have welcomed illustrious minds throughout the ages, promising treasure...
Here are just some of the questions raised by the Republic:
- What is justice?
- Is it good to be just?
- What is the relationship between justice and law?
- What is the relationship between violence and consent?
- Does justice require piety towards god or the gods?
- How can it be good to harm your enemies if justice does no harm?
- Does true justice require perfect knowledge?
- Is justice possible?
- What is poetry?
- What is philosophy?
- What is education?
- Is censorship justified?
- Can we reconcile love of our own with love of the common good?
- Can war be abolished?
- Why do good governments become corrupt?
- What are the regimes?
- What is the soul?
- How can it be just to lie?
This is a Comprehensive Book about the Comprehensive Good, a profound inquiry into the best regime and the best way of life.
Study the argument and action of Plato's Republic in 10 sessions AND enjoy a few special bonus lectures...
- Introduction (2:47)
- Education and Truth (18:02)
- "Unhiddenness" or "Unconcealment" and Truth (14:35)
- The Four Stages (20:44)
- The Priority of the Ideas (9:52)
- The Idea of the Good (6:02)
- Transformations in the Essence of Truth (11:40)
- Philosophy and Metaphysics (8:13)
- The Destiny of Western Humanity (11:23)
- Concluding Remarks (1:50)
It is self-paced and there's no time limit on your access to the course lectures.
No. This is a great course for both beginners and advanced students. It can be the perfect introduction to political philosophy, but also something you study repeatedly throughout your lifetime.
It is recordings of a live seminar, which discussed each book of Plato's Republic in a separate session. 10 books, 10 sessions. The course is taught from a Straussian perspective, meaning that it uses Leo Strauss and his students (e.g. Allan Bloom) as guides.
This is a foundational text of political philosophy. It is a pillar of the Western tradition. It's a book that lies at the basis of all subsequent philosophy, not to mention theology. So it helps you to understand the big conversation that takes place across the generations. Perhaps more importantly, it introduces you to a discussion about the nature of political life and human life that might leave you transformed. For me (Millerman) personally, it was a life-changing book that converted me to philosophy.
Yes! The bundle price will be reduced by the amount you spent on other courses, including this one. Upgrading to a bundle is a great way to continue your education while saving on the courses. This course is part of the Core Bundle, the Big Bundle, and the Classical Republicanism Bundle.