Culp An Introduction to Plato's Republic

An Introduction to Plato’s Republic

Political Philosophy Course: An Introduction to Plato’s Republic Prof. Jonathan Culp Lecture: An Introduction to Plato’s Republic This lesson provides an introduction to the course as a whole.  First, Dr. Culp offers an answer to the question, “Why study Plato’s Republic?”  Then he provides some historical information regarding the lives of Socrates and Plato and their significance.  … Continue reading An Introduction to Plato’s Republic

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

In this lecture, Dr. Jonhatan Culp talks about “Plato’s Allegory of the Cave” Plato’s allegory of the cave in Book 6 of the Republic is one of the most well-known pieces of writing in the history of philosophy, yet it is difficult to understand.  Some readers see it primarily as an allegory depicting the ways … Continue reading Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

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Class 15: Concluding Reflections

Political Philosophy Course on “An Introduction to Plato’s Republic” Taught by Dr. Jonhatan Culp CLASS 15: CONCLUDING REFLECTIONS Dr. Culp is Director of International Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Dallas.

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Poetry Jonathan Culp

Class 14: Second Critique of Poetry and the Rewards of Justice

Political Philosophy An Introduction to Plato’s Republic Dr. Jonhatan Culp Class 14: Second Critique of Poetry and the Rewards of Justice In this class, Dr. Culp discusses the final book of the Republic—Book X.  First, Dr. Culp analyzes the new critique of poetry that takes up half of the final book.  Unlike the earlier critique … Continue reading Class 14: Second Critique of Poetry and the Rewards of Justice

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Class 13: The Tyrannic Soul and the Superiority of Justice

Political Philosophy An Introduction to Plato’s Republic Dr. Jonhatan Culp Class 13: The Tyrannic Soul and the Superiority of Justice In this class, Dr. Culp discusses Book IX of the Republic, which begins with a description of the perfectly unjust or tyrannic soul—the soul that is dominated by eros and a host of lawless desires.  … Continue reading Class 13: The Tyrannic Soul and the Superiority of Justice

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Class 12: The Decline of Cities and Souls

Political Philosophy An Introduction to Plato’s Republic Dr. Jonhatan Culp Class 12: The Decline of Cities and Souls In this class, the conversation in the Republic returns to the core challenge of the book:  the proof that justice is superior to injustice.  (That argument will be explored in the next class.)  To prepare the way … Continue reading Class 12: The Decline of Cities and Souls

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Class 11: The Philosophic Education (II)

Political Philosophy An Introduction to Plato’s Republic Dr. Jonhatan Culp Class 11: The Philosophic Education (II) In this class, Dr. Culp completes his discussion of the Republic’s account of philosophic education and of the city in speech.  First, Dr. Culp discusses Socrates’ crucial claim that philosopher kings must be compelled to rule.  According to Socrates, … Continue reading Class 11: The Philosophic Education (II)

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Class 10: The Philosophic Education (I)

Political Philosophy An Introduction to Plato’s Republic Dr. Jonhatan Culp Class 10: The Philosophic Education (I) This is the first of two classes devoted to Socrates’ discussion of how to educate a philosopher (in Republic VI and VII).  Dr. Culp first discusses Socrates account of the Idea of the Good, noting the curious way that … Continue reading Class 10: The Philosophic Education (I)

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US Primary Elections

In this short video Dr. Jonathan Culp talks about America’s Primary Elections Dr. Culp is Director of International Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Dallas.

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Class 9: Philosophers and their Relation to the Political Community

Political Philosophy An Introduction to Plato’s Republic Dr. Jonhatan Culp Class 9: Philosophers and their Relation to the Political Community In this class, Dr. Culp investigates Socrates’ account of the nature of philosophers, and of the philosophic enterprise, and the relationship between philosophers and the political community.  Philosophers are described as being wholly devoted to … Continue reading Class 9: Philosophers and their Relation to the Political Community

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