the music of the republic eva brann

So there are, at least in my experience, not many books that deal with the question “What’s the good of justice?” But there is one that deals with it preeminently. It is the mother of all books on constitution-making, on governance and education, on psychology, on the routes of moral decline, on the role of the arts in human life—you name it. There is, I have no doubt, much wisdom to be gained from life without the benefit of books, but if you are committed, as all members of a college presumably are, to learning by books, then this is the one you need to have studied before and after all the others, whether you belong to a department of philosophy, politics, psychology, education, literature, art, music, mathematics, or science. I’m perfectly willing to defend this bold and presumptuous claim in the question period. The work is, of course, Plato’s Republic.  —The Music of the Republic

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