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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2007

GOV 382M • Plato's Republic

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40255 MW
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
BAT 1.104
Pangle, L

Course Description

This course will consist in a close reading of the single most important work of political philosophy, Plato's Republic. All students who can are encouraged to read as much as possible of the Republic in Greek. The central theme of the course will be the Socratic understanding of the problem of justice. Other themes will include the status of the best regime for Plato and subsequent political philosophy, the character of the philosophic life, education for citizenship and education for philosophy, philosophys quarrel with poetry, and the analysis of the three parts of the soulthe spirited or thumotic, the desiring or erotic, and the intellectual or philosophic.


Required Text: Plato's Republic. Trans. Allan Bloom. Harper Collins, Basic Books. Recommended Readings: Ahrensdorf, Peter. "The Question of Historical Context and the Study of Plato." Polity 27 (1994): 113-35. Bolotin, David. The Critique of Homer and the Homeric Heroes in Platos Republic. In M. Palmer and T. L. Pangle, eds., Political Philosophy and the Human Soul. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1995, 83-94. Bruell, Christopher. On Platos Political Philosophy. Review of Politics 56:2 (Spring 1994): 261-82. Rabieh, Linda. Plato and the Virtue of Courage. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2006. Stauffer, Devin. Platos Introduction to the Question Of Justice. Albany: SUNY Press, 2001. Strauss, Leo. The City and Man. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1964. _____, The Problem of Socrates: Five Lectures. In The Rebirth of Classical Political Rationalism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989, 103-83.


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