Plato vs Marx Comparison Essay by JPWrite

Plato vs Marx
A comparison of Plato's "The Republic" and Karl Marx's "Communist Manifesto".
# 64161 | 2,354 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper explains how the two philosophies couldn't be farther apart: Plato, seeking peace and harmony in science and law, Marx, railing against the injustices, wanting to tear apart every social structure and replace it with workers' communes. It provides a background of the two men and then discusses their philosophies. It concludes that Plato's republic was an ideal, something to be carefully worked for, with virtue as the foundation. Marx's communist state was the result of bitter upheaval, not idealism, but grimy realism.

From the Paper:

"A simplistic example of the difference of the two philosophies might be a well-dressed, clean-cut boy arriving home to tell his parents he had refereed a fight between two other boys. It had been a fair fight, and the "right" boy had won, then they both shook hands and became friends, All the Father could ask his son is- "was it a fair fight?" Since it was, the boy was deservedly rewarded. Under Marx's theories, a boy would come home dirty, clothes torn, maybe with a bloody nose, exclaiming he had beaten up the rich boy who had made fun of him all semester long. And, his Father simply asked : Did you give that little S.O.B. what he deserved?" When the boy said, yes, the Father told him he was proud of him."

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