Plato's Ideal State in "The Republic" Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of Plato's ideal state in "The Republic".
# 150845 | 1,804 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 26, 2012 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Political Science (Political Theory)

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The paper identifies, analyzes and discusses the main premises on the ideal state in Plato's "The Republic". The paper notes that Plato's concept of an ideal state that implements "just" justice and not justice for the privileged will be hard to implement, however, "The Republic" can be seen as a blueprint of what an ideal state should be.

From the Paper:

"When people talk about democracy, they refer to a system of government and a society where the political leaders were chosen by the majority of the voting populace through election. The notion thereof is that the elected leaders are the best there are and will lead the nation into prosperity and stability. In order to have a proper check and balance system, the democratic government has opposition parties that ensure those in power are "doing the right thing" and are serving the needs of the people. But what is really the right thing? Is being right seen in the purview of morality and ethics or is it under the definition of what is just and legal? No doubt the question of government, governance and having an "ideal state" has been in the minds of great men and women throughout the century. Sir Thomas More came out with Utopia in his writings in the 1500s depicting a "perfect" society with perfect social, political and economic system. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World of the 1930s also showed a supposedly ideal society where people follow the dictates of those ruling the society and simply relegated to being automatons."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Plato. "The Republic." The Project Gutenberg EBook. Trans. Benjamin Jowett. 27 Aug. 2008. 15 Oct. 2009. <>.

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