In this bizarre election year we’ll look at one of the most important works in political and ethical philosophy, Plato’s Republic. We’ll discuss Plato’s methodology, his taxonomy and ranking of political institutions, the theory of forms, the “noble lie”, and the nature and role of justice, among other things—all as relevant in the context of the current political climate as ever. We’ll focus on Plato’s arguments, but with an eye towards contemporary political and moral issues. What would Plato say about regime change? Abortion? Education? Healthcare? A female president? We will discuss these topics, and more.
Ilhan Zeybekoglu holds a master’s in Philosophy from Tufts University.