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Plato’S Political Ontology: On The Nature Of Man And Regime

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The theme of this chapter is the political soul of man, as it is described in Plato's Republic, and the analogous relationship the soul has to the structure of the political regime. It argues that this analogy between the city and soul, as described in the Republic, contains a theory that not only describes the nature of what man is, but also explains why men become what they are. The chapter concerns with advancing an interpretation of the analogy between city and soul of Plato's Republic, arguing that it is principally an ontological theory about the nature of the political that has three major aspects. The analogy between city and soul has three aspects: the mirror of the whole, the natural law of the parts, and the becoming of the individual.

Keywords: natural law; ontological theory; Plato's Republic; political regime; political soul; single man

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