Comparing Plato 's Republic, The Philosopher And Plato

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In Plato 's Republic, the philosopher is sitting having a discussion with his fellow peers and friends. During this conversation each character except Plato offers their opening and reasoning on the question, what is justice. For the majority of the book Plato outlines almost every aspect of his ideal city. Within this city Plato has set up many rules in order for the city to remain just. All the way from mating rituals to who should rule, virtually all factors have been thought of and serves a specific purpose. One of the most important question that was raised in the book is, who is should be the ruler of the city? Evidently Plato believes that it is the philosopher who is most fit to rule. He reaches this conclusion after discussing a variety of factors that put philosophers above the rest, Plato being a philosopher seems to be the most creditable in making this argument in The Republic. In Plato 's book, Adeimantus attempts to put dispute his claim. Not only him but philosopher and a student of Plato, Aristotle does the same in his text as well. Aristotle emphasizes the importance of the laws in his Ethics and Politics. He specifically implies that a ruler who is a philosopher rules by judgment, not laws, and as a result the ruler will rule“for himself and thus becomes a tyrant” (Nichomachean Ethics, V.6, 1134a). Both Plato and Aristotle give compelling arguments as to why they think they are right on who should rule. Aristotle 's claim is accurate, that in the long run…

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