Plato uses The Republic as a vehicle to communicate the appropriate education that a guardian of the kallipolis, a completely just city, should receive. His mouthpiece is his teacher, Socrates, who conceives the idea of this good city with his companions by utilizing the Socratic method of reasoning. The goal is for the guardians to be educated and trained in a way that makes them capable of being only courageous, hard-working, and just. This ideal combination of character traits will produce the most suitable guardian, who will be unbiased and fair during his rule. Plato believes this good city has the ability to succeed as long as its guardians have mastered their education in subjects such as mathematics, the arts, and philosophical dialectics. The especially rigorous education structure illustrates Plato’s belief that intellect is the most important thing for a guardian ruler to have along with the power to rule fairly and honestly. Based upon Plato’s requirements and on the objectives of my individual courses at Geneseo, my academic schedule would qualify as a proper education for the guardians
"Fit For a Guardian: How my Academic Schedule Fulfills Plato’s Requirements,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2010
, Article 15.
Available at: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/proceedings-of-great-day/vol2010/iss1/15