Reading Challenge. Week 2: Plato’s Republic


Reading Challenge. Week 2: Plato’s Republic


Plato’s Republic explores the question: Is it always better to be just than unjust? To answer this question the book takes on the form of a dialogue between Socrates and various members of the public who question the motivation behind just actions. They discuss what makes a good and thereby a just city and ask how we can define justice as a virtue of human being.

  If people can be made to believe it, they will be strongly motivated to care for the city and for each other. Malcolm Schofield, 2007 [1]

In this week’s challenge, we are concentrating on a specific part of the book - Book 3. Book 3 discusses the place of Myth or a Noble lie in an ideal city and provides us with an example of the Myth of Metals. In the book, Socrates explains how a Myth or a Noble lie can create a just order within the city. Are Myths or Noble Lies necessary for achieving a just and good life? Can they be misused? 


PDF to Allan Bloom’s translation of the Republic:

Encyclopedia Overview (10 min read): 

Encyclopedia Overview: 


BBC Radio 4 ‘In our time’ Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Plato’s Republic (49 mins): 

Julia Annas, An Introduction to Plato's Republic (Oxford University Press, 1998):


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[1] Malcolm Schofield 
Edited by G. R. F. Ferrari, University of California, Berkeley
6 - The Noble Lie 
The Cambridge Companion to Plato's Republic

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2007