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Plato: Republic V

S. Halliwell


This new edition provides a thorough reappraisal of one of the most remarkable and controversial sections of the Republic. Book 5's radical proposals for the ideal state include an argument for the essential equality of the sexes; provision for full female participation in the work of the Guardians (including warfare); the abolition of the family for this same ruling class, with a sexual as well as economic system of communism; and a policy of eugenic control. Plato feared that some of this material would arouse amusement in his readers; in fact, parts of Book 5 have been subsequently used to ... More

Keywords: Plato, totalitarianism, feminist, knowledge, belief, metaphysical thought, gender equality

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Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780856685361
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856685361.001.0001


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S. Halliwell, author

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