Philosophy Unit Syllabus: Plato
Powerpoint Presentation: The Life of Plato
Primary Source Readings: All Selections from The Republic
The Myth of the Cave p.205-207
The Ring of Gyges p.461-464
Does Might Make Right p.621-624
Excerpt on the ideal government from The Republic
Plato’s Theory of Justice
Plato’s Theory of Universals (Forms)
Four forms of government that cannot sustain themselves: timocracy, oligarchy
(also called plutocracy), democracy, and tyranny (also called despotism).
The Ideal Republic: Guardians ,Auxiliaries and Producers
What is Plato's aim in the Republic?
According Plato what is the fundamental principle on which all human society
should be based?
How does Plato define the soul?
According to Plato, what is the ultimate subject of study for the philosopher-
What does Plato mean to illustrate with the allegory of the cave?
What are the 3 stages of the ‘Just city” according to Plato?
Secondary Source Readings:
The Allegory of the cave in Modern Politics
The Cave and the Matrix Towers
The Matrix: A philosophical storyboard.
Sides Debates: Ideal Society/Nature of the Soul
Assessments: Time Frame:
1 Page response essays (two) 2.5 to 3 weeks
Test: The Republic