Essay about Plato Republic

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The Republic of Plato explores the meaning of Justice from both an individual and societal point of view. It also looks into the incorporation of Justice into human society, in other words, how to create an ideal state of social order in a society. This is carried out through the various dialogues and arguments between Socrates and other individuals. During this process, Socrates gave a detailed analysis of the formation, structure and the organization of an ideal State, and through this, vindicate the intrinsic value of being a Just person in a society and the virtues that each individual must possess.

In the dialogue with Glaucon and Adeimantus, where Socrates discussed about Justice in the State, he pointed out that there will be
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The movie talks about the building and the running of an ‘ant’ colony. The citizens, in this case ants, also has a similar classification of social functions in the colony, namely, the ‘queen and its generals’, who rule the colony; the ‘soldier ants’, who execute orders and protect the citizens; and the ‘worker ants’, who are tasked to search for food and dig tunnels for colonial expansion. Each citizen follows its rulers obligingly, seeks no private interest, and performs its assigned tasks or specialties for the welfare of the whole colony.

In my opinion, this way of classifying the social function in a society is too much of a theoretical model and is rather extreme. The ‘ideal’ society or the so called ‘Utopia’, proposes that the citizens should sacrifice their individual freedom and personal desires to commit to a higher purpose. From today’s point of view, this is clearly anti-democratic. However, there is no doubt that this type of societal structure has its own benefits in a way that the whole city operates smoothly, exhibiting harmony that is genuinely ‘Justice’, as what Socrates professes.

Socrates’ political ideas do have certain influence in the running of our societies. The evident examples are the communists’ countries such as the former Soviet Union, China and Cuba. Even though Socrates’ idealistic political views have been proven successful by these countries in their earlier

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