Bertrand Russell’s Outline of Plato’s Republic

Bertrand Russell’s Outline of Plato’s Republic

Bertrand Russell divides up Plato’s Republic into the three neat sections. You may find his simple outline helpful:

  1. Books I-V: The definition of “justice” and the Utopian Republic
  2. Books VI-VII: The definition of “philosopher” and Philosopher Kings as the ideal rulers
  3. Books VIII-X: Discussion of the various forms of government (their pros and cons)

- Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, Book I, part 2, ch. 14

About the Author

Taylor Marshall is the Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy at the University of Dallas.