Title

A Defense of Plato’s Theory of an Ideal State

Authors

Jameson Lewis

Date

5-31-2018 1:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 1:30 PM

Location

WUC Santiam Room

Session Chair

Susan Daniel

Session Chair

Mark Perlman

Session Chair

Ryan Hickerson

Session Title

Philosophy Senior Tutorial Presentations

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Susan Daniel

Abstract

In this essay, I will observe and defend the various parts of Plato’s theory of the ideal State as he wrote of in the Republic. I will consider the plausibility of his conception of the philosopher king as a “benevolent dictator,” arguing that not only is it possible for such a person to exist, but also that in Plato’s state such a form of rule would be free from corruption due to factors such as the ruler’s inability to own property. I will defend Plato’s theory against other philosophers’ arguments for other forms of government, such as Mill’s insistence on democracy as the superior form of government. I will also aim to strengthen some of the weaker aspects of Plato’s argument, including his argument in favor of censorship.

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May 31st, 1:00 PM May 31st, 1:30 PM

A Defense of Plato’s Theory of an Ideal State

WUC Santiam Room

In this essay, I will observe and defend the various parts of Plato’s theory of the ideal State as he wrote of in the Republic. I will consider the plausibility of his conception of the philosopher king as a “benevolent dictator,” arguing that not only is it possible for such a person to exist, but also that in Plato’s state such a form of rule would be free from corruption due to factors such as the ruler’s inability to own property. I will defend Plato’s theory against other philosophers’ arguments for other forms of government, such as Mill’s insistence on democracy as the superior form of government. I will also aim to strengthen some of the weaker aspects of Plato’s argument, including his argument in favor of censorship.