Plato’s Republic

Bryan Garsten

Hertog Foundation | 2017

This course will focus on Plato’s Republic, perhaps the greatest work of political philosophy ever written. With close and sensitive study, we will examine central questions that are raised by Plato, such as: What is justice? Who should rule? What are the characteristics of the best political regime—and are there worthy alternatives if the best political regime is unattainable?

Frederic Edwin Church’s Parthenon, oil on canvas, 1871.