Critically discuss Plato’s Kallipolis as presented in the Republic

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In this dissertation I analyse and criticise the Republic. I focus particularly on Plato’s political vision – his Kallipolis or ideal state. I take a lead at a number of points from Karl Popper. I try to decipher what Plato is saying and try to find out whether it is internally coherent. I draw out consequences of his view. I criticise Plato’s Kallipolis using the contemporary values of freedom and democracy. Ultimately I argue that Plato’s political vision in the Republic is deeply flawed and should be rejected.

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