Publication Date

April 2018


Tushar Irani


College of Letters


English (United States)


This thesis is a meditation on the character of the philosopher as described by Plato in the Republic. I focus on the idea that the philosopher is not motivated or obligated to fight for justice in the unjust city, and attempt to argue that this idea does not fit in well with Plato's descriptions of the character of the philosopher throughout the rest of the Republic. I then attempt to come up with a picture of a life for the philosopher in the unjust city which harmonizes better with the descriptions of the philosopher's character elsewhere in the text.



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