It all starts here.

Plato's Republic. The classic among classics of political philosophy. This comprehensive seminar in the Straussian style constitutes a thorough introduction to Plato's timeless masterpiece.

  • What is justice?
  • Is it good to be just?
  • What is the relationship between justice and law?
  • 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?

These are just a few of the issues that arise in the first few pages of this incredible dialogue. Other topics include:

  • 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?

This is a Comprehensive Book about the Comprehensive Good, a profound inquiry into the best regime and the best way of life.

A comprehensive introduction

In this course, you will get a serious, thoughtful, comprehensive introduction to the text, putting you on the right footing as you continue your studies.

Includes separate audio files

For your convenience, the course audio is available separately. That way you can listen in your preferred environment, without a screen.

Taught by a Straussian Platonist

The instructor's own introduction to philosophy and love of philosophy began with a study of Plato's Republic, a book at the heart of his tradition.

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