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An Essay Examining Plato’s Regimes in The Republic

While the aristocratic regime is conventionally understood as the one that Socrates favours, it may be likely that the democratic regime is also deserving of similar praise despite its shortfalls. To this end, this paper examines the democratic person’s development within such a regime and attempts to determine whether tyranny necessarily follows from democracy. It will be demonstrated that, by way of being learning-loving as a result of old age, the democratic person approximates the just one, thus representing a point at which the descent of the regime stops. As such, the order of the regimes is put into question, demanding further analysis, as well as inviting a greater discussion on the values of democracy.

Written by Salvatore Rotolo 

Salvatore earned a Political Science degree with a Minor in Modern Chinese from Concordia University in 2017. Since then, he has worked as an ESL teacher with schools and companies. He has also worked as a caregiver/recreational facilitator at the C.A.R.E. centre, where he gave programs on music, literature, and philosophy with a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach. He currently works at the McGill University Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) as an assistant to an employee with a physical disability. However, he has kept his political science roots in recent years by contributing to the Concordia-based Canadian Centre for Strategic Studies and participating in the Quebec Undergraduate Security Conference. He is currently studying Therapeutic Recreation but may switch degrees. Ultimately, his goal is to work in healthcare, either as an OT or an MD, as he is interested in the occupational treatment of genetic disorders (he also has one called Marfan’s syndrome). In his spare time, he makes music with friends.

Edited by Camille Ross-William & Hannah Rogers