An Analysis of Plato’s Political Thought
Available Online May 2019.
- https://doi.org/10.2991/icmete-19.2019.99How to use a DOI?
- Plato; Politics; Republic; Justice; King of philosophy
- This paper makes a preliminary analysis of Plato’s political concepts from three aspects: the concept of justice, the king of philosophy, and state system and the ideal state. Plato paid close attention to the decline of Athenian politics and the reconstruction of sound politics. He adhered to ideological and explanatory framework of ideal political philosophy and explored the relationship between justice and philosophy. Therefore, the analysis of Plato’s establishment of a complete judicial system in the Republic will help us understand his political blueprint. Plato explained the two forms of justice: city-state justice and personal justice, pointing out the direction for the justice pursuit of political society and the individual at that time. In Paula’s ideal country, the king of philosophy is in a dominant position, and it is a necessary condition for the realization of the just city-state. When the king of philosophy ruled, the Republic was realized. So, it is valuable to probe into the ideological origin and political significance of Plato’s thought of philosophical king.
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