Philosophy Crossroads

The Republic: The Challenge of Justice

February 26, 2024 Hanson Wen
The Republic: The Challenge of Justice
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Philosophy Crossroads
The Republic: The Challenge of Justice
Feb 26, 2024
Hanson Wen

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In this episode of the Republic Series, we delve into the life and philosophy of Plato. We explore how his experiences, including the political upheaval in Athens, the death of his mentor Socrates, and his failed attempts to create a philosopher-king, shaped his philosophical views. We then take a deep dive into his masterpiece, "The Republic," discussing the three views of justice it challenges - the everyday idea, the realpolitik view, and the contractarian understanding. The episode ends with a look at the challenge presented by Plato's brothers, Glaucon and Adeimantus, who question the inherent goodness of justice. Join us as we journey through the world of Plato, exploring his profound insights and enduring influence.

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In this episode of the Republic Series, we delve into the life and philosophy of Plato. We explore how his experiences, including the political upheaval in Athens, the death of his mentor Socrates, and his failed attempts to create a philosopher-king, shaped his philosophical views. We then take a deep dive into his masterpiece, "The Republic," discussing the three views of justice it challenges - the everyday idea, the realpolitik view, and the contractarian understanding. The episode ends with a look at the challenge presented by Plato's brothers, Glaucon and Adeimantus, who question the inherent goodness of justice. Join us as we journey through the world of Plato, exploring his profound insights and enduring influence.