PHIL20580 Plato's Republic

Academic Year 2023/2024

The Republic is Plato's most famous, and most influential, work. It is justly regarded as one of the greatest works of philosophy ever written, and as such it is a work with which every student of philosophy ought to be familiar. Its central concern is with the nature of justice, but the dialogue also considers politics, epistemology, metaphysics, psychology, education, and art. The Republic is a mature work of Plato’s central period, and offers a full picture of the philosophy of Plato at the height of his powers.
We will discuss each of these issues, as well as the influence of this work on the history of philosophy.

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Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module diligent students should be able to: understand and interpret critically key passages of the Republic in English translation; understand and discuss Plato's defence of justice in the Republic; understand and be able to discuss the tripartition of the soul; understand and critically interpret the analogies in the Republic of the Sun, Line and Cave; show familiarity, and critical engagement, with influential interpretations in the secondary literature on Plato concerning the topics under consideration; appreciate the importance of Plato's Republic in the context of the history of philosophy, and the importance of historical context when studying Ancient Philosophy and the History of Philosophy in general.

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Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PHIL30560 - Plato's Timaeus

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: < Description > Unspecified n/a Graded No


Examination: < Description > 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
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Name Role
Armando Francesco D'Ippolito Tutor