Plato: Fix Yourself First

Intellectual Takeout | August 25, 2015

Plato: Fix Yourself First

 

A passage from The Republic, Book IV, 443d-e, which has been highly influential on the Western tradition. According to Plato, a man first "sets his own house in good order and rules himself" - harmonizing the various parts of his soul - before he can ensure justice in his actions toward others: