Socratic introduction to platos republic a kreeft peter this book is designed for three classes of people 1 beginners who want an introduction to philosophy. A summary of book i in platos the republic learn exactly what happened in this chapter scene or section of the republic and what it means socrates and the elderly man begin a discussion on the merits of old age this discussion quickly turns to the subject of justice all this serves as an introduction to thrasymachus the sophist . Plato is the best writer in the history of philosophy most philosophers are dull undramatic abstract writers there are a few other exceptions besides plato augustine pascal nietzsche kierkegaard but plato wrote dramatic dialogues in which socrates his famous teacher interacts with a great variety of fools. To plato himself the enquiry what was the intention of the writer or what was the principal argument of the republic would have been hardly intelligible and therefore had better be at once dismissed cp the introduction to the phaedrus
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