My experience reading Plato’s Republic was a frustrating one. The entire work felt like Plato giving himself a huge pat on the back because he thinks that being a philosopher makes him better than everyone else. Regarding one of the central questions of the dialogue, how to define a just society, he comes up with the idea of Kallipolis, a civilization in which philosophers rule from their rightful place at the top of the public hierarchy. It came across as Plato whining about how he doesn’t think anyone who isn’t a philosopher (essentially anyone who isn’t like him) has any place being in a position of power. The allegory of the cave is regarded as one of the most beautiful metaphors in philosophy, yet to me it just seems like another tool Plato uses to prove his superiority. In the allegory, the only people who can reach the literal and metaphorical “light” are the philosophers. Again, all he is trying to do is show off how much smarter he is than all of the people that he thinks are below him. The fact that he was using Socrates as a mouthpiece infuriated me even further. Its as if he is trying to validate his arguments by presenting them from the point of view of another person, but it is obvious that they are from the point of view of the author himself. Basically, Plato needs to get over himself.