Is Plato’s Republic a mandate for totalitarianism?

Interpretations of The Republic have generally emphasised its role as either a political or an ethical text. Those who interpret it as chiefly a political text point to things like Plato's arrangement of different social classes in to different types of labour; the absence of private property for the guardians of the state; and the… Continue reading Is Plato’s Republic a mandate for totalitarianism?


How to be a good person

For Aristotle, becoming good is a matter of practice. He believed that each of us are born with dispositions towards good things - an inclination towards justice, courage, and kindness, for example - and becoming good requires us to exercise these dispositions regularly so that they become habits. In order to make good actions habits,… Continue reading How to be a good person