The Social And Political Structure Of Plato's Republic

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In Plato’s Republic, Plato proposes a political structure, that he believes will lead to a harmonious unity between his citizens. However, he neglects the important social structure, that is required to create equality, peace, and prosperity for all. The wisdom found in The Gospel of Luke, serve as the other important facet vital for establishing an ideal society, a social and ethical structure. Together, these two texts describe the two essential aspects required to create the ideal state that allows its citizens to coexist in harmony, while experiencing the great expanse of prosperity that a utopian society has to offer. Plato’s ideal city provides its inhabitants with the most basic means of survival, food, shelter, clothing, and shoes. His city is established with a simple division of labor, where each individual is assigned a single job based on their productive abilities. Each inhabitant is required to pull their own weight and to do exactly what they are supposed to do, with the overarching goal of benefiting the society in its entirety. The individual completes their daily tasks without question because they productivity is rewarded by the governing power their most immediate needs are met. Readers are able to acknowledge the great potential within Plato’s ideal state; however, numerous problems arise as he chooses law and order over the necessary ethical practices found within a utopia. Plato's vision of the ideal society is presented in The Republic as a

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