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By Kenneth L. Deutsch, Joseph R. Fornieri

ISBN-10: 0534545637

ISBN-13: 9780534545635

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More careful consideration reveals, however, that the soldiers, although their function is necessary to the city’s good, do not necessarily know what that good is. Therefore a final class is required: a class of rulers who possess the wisdom about what is good for the city as a whole. These last, Socrates suggests, are the true guardians of the city, whereas the soldier class should be known as their auxiliaries. Class Defining Virtue Artisans Moderation Guardians Courage Rulers Wisdom 6 CHAPTER 1 Justice in the city is secured, Socrates suggests, when each of these classes minds its own business or tends its own art, not meddling in each others’ affairs or trying to take over each others’ functions.

The Republic suggests, then, that the city is the human soul writ large. Thus the order of the soul and that of the city do not simply mirror each other but in fact influence each other. Order in the soul fosters order in the city, and disorder in the soul tends to generate disorder in the city. For example, citizens who lack moderation, whose desires are excessively strong, will be unable to submit to the reasonable laws of the ruling guardian class but will instead seek to rule the city themselves, in the interests of the desires that dominate their own souls.

Socrates is commonly regarded as the initiator of political philosophy because he was the first philosopher to turn philosophy from inquiry into the whole order of nature to inquiry into human things. Pre-Socratic philosophers, like Thales and Empedocles, were concerned primarily with cosmology—with giving an account of the fundamental principles governing the universe. Although such thinkers had looked outward to the cosmos, Socrates looked inward to the human soul. That is, he was the first to concentrate on political and moral questions in which ordinary citizens might be, and commonly are, passionately interested in questions regarding the nature of justice and injustice, good and evil, nobility and baseness.

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