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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2021, 4(13); doi: 10.25236/FER.2021.041315.

On Plato's Virtue Education for the Defenders of the City-States: A Study Based on the Text of the Ideal State


Jie Zhang

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Jie Zhang

School of Marxism, Sichuan International Studies University, Shapingba 400031, Chongqing, China.


In The Republic, Plato conceived the ideal city-state as consisting of rulers, auxiliaries, and earners based on his conception of the division of labor among the various classes of the city-state. As the alternative to the ruler, the guardians of the city-state are responsible for the protection of the city- state, so how to train the guardians of the city-state becomes a major issue for the city-state. Plato's efforts to create ideal guardians of both beauty and goodness by implementing music education and physical education have significant implications for character education today.


The Republic, virtue, city-state guardian, education

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Jie Zhang. On Plato's Virtue Education for the Defenders of the City-States: A Study Based on the Text of the Ideal State. Frontiers in Educational Research (2021) Vol. 4, Issue 13: 84-90. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2021.041315.


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