Kit McArthur Political PhilosophyProf. SenechalDue: 10/2/12Book VIII of Plato’s
A continuation of the conversation between Socrates, Glaucon, and Adeimantus regarding thedifferent types of government, and how one type of government devolves into the next. It hasalready been established that an aristocracy devolves into a timocracy, a timocracy into anoligarchy, an oligarchy into a democracy, and a democracy into a tyranny. Book VIII ends withSocrates and Adeimantus:Well, then, aren’t we justified in saying that we have adequately described how tyrannyevolves from democracy and what it’s like when it has come into being?We certainly are, he said. However, Glaucon wishes to continue the conversation and establish what would result from thedecline of a tyranny...
am still unsatisfied. Socrates, could tyranny devolve further into something else?Possibly.We’ve already established that an aristocracy devolves into a timocracy, which devolvesinto an oligarchy, which further devolves into a democracy, which even further devolves intotyranny.Absolutely.Therefore, according to logic, the tyranny would have to devolve further.Of course.