Saber e virtude na obra A República de Platão. Hermenêutica do Livro VI

Translated title of the contribution: Knowledge and virtue in Plato’s Republic. Hermeneutics of the book VI

Maria de Lourdes Sirgado de Sousa Ganho*

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Plato’s Republic, is made up of X books. The main theme being justice, with an ethical, educational and political purpose, as there was a decline of Greek cities, especially Athens. His proposal, presented here, will be that of an ideal but not utopian city, where the King was a philosopher and had an education in tune with what it is to be a philosopher, through knowledge and virtue. In this case, his argument should go towards an understanding of the Republic in tune with its Theory of Ideas that constitutes the trapping of its philosophical system. In it is present, simultaneously, a metaphysical, political, gnosiological, educational and ethical theory. Book VI, which will be the subject of comment, is central to an understanding of the ‘true philosopher’, who has all the aptitudes to be the guardian of this city, and this in function of his spiritual path, which is sensibly directed towards the intelligible, World of Being, the true world, which is contemplated only by rational asceticism.

Translated title of the contributionKnowledge and virtue in Plato’s Republic. Hermeneutics of the book VI
Original languagePortuguese
Article numbere50607
Number of pages6
JournalActa Scientiarum - Education
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Philosophy
  • Education
  • Ideas
  • To be
  • Asceticism
  • King


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