Praesidium

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Map of Plato's Republic

I'm currently trying to write a lecture on Plato's Republic. Since the (later) division of the work into ten books isn't particularly helpful, I came up with this map - thought I'd post it here for reference, in case anyone else finds it useful.

I

327a-54c

Argument with Cephalus, Polemarchus & Thrasymachus

II

357a-68b

Challenge to Socrates

II

368c-76d

Initial founding of good city; division of labour

II-III

376d-402c

Early education of Guardians; censorship of poetry

III-IV

402c-27c

Upbringing of the Guardians, inc. physical regimen

IV

427d-34c

Account of virtues, inc. justice

IV

434d-44e

Division of individual soul (psyche)

V

449a-72e

Prescriptions for the Guardians, inc. family life and war

V-VI

473a-504d

Rule of philosophers; true philosophers distinguished from lovers of sights and sophists

VI

504e-11e

The Form of the Good: the Sun and Divided Line

VII

514a-21c

The Cave

VII

521c-41b

Education of the Guardians

VIII-IX

543a-76b

Deviant constitutions (timarchy, oligarchy, democracy, tyranny) and corresponding men

IX

576b-92b

Comparing the happiness of just and unjust men

X

595a-608a

Exile of imitative poetry

X

608b-21d

Immortality of the soul and afterlife rewards

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