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Sean McAleer

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pp. 93-112

Print Length

19 pages

5. Starting to Answer the First Question

The Political Virtues, Book IV

  • Sean McAleer (author)
Chapter of: Plato's 'Republic': An Introduction(pp. 93–112)
Chapter Five, ‘Starting to Answer the First Question: The Political Virtues’, focuses on the first third of Book IV. The ideal polis complete, Socrates and company investigate the political virtues of wisdom, courage, moderation, and justice, defining each and discussing their location in the polis. We will explore these accounts and the issues they raise, for example how the kind of agreement that constitutes political moderation differs from the idea of consent in modern liberal political thought, and the question of whether there are other virtues in addition to the four cardinal virtues.


Sean McAleer