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20 years after the publication of Vital Remnants: America’s Founding and the Western Tradition, a book that set out to help America remember her vital roots in the western tradition, Dr. Gary L. Gregg II takes up the title of Vital Remnants once more to continue the mission of serving the future by remembering, thinking about, and learning from the great thinkers of the past. Join Dr. Gregg as he guides listeners through some of the most important texts in human history. Whether you are looking for help in reaching a long abandoned reading goal and continuing your life-long learning, or looking for leadership and life lessons from something deeper than the latest self-help book, Gregg brings a quarter of a century's worth of experience teaching leadership to help you along the way. Vital Remnants from our shared past await to inspire, encourage, and teach us today just as they changed the world we have inherited.

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Mar 15, 2019

Having now arrived at one of the most important sections of The Republic, Dr. Gary Gregg discusses Plato’s types of governments and how they decline from the best to the worst. Spoiler alert–democracy is certainly not the best in his view. Listeners are encouraged to consider Plato’s strong indictment of democracy and to take a hard look at our American system through this lens to see how closely we compare. Remember too that government is “man writ-large,” and therefore he is talking not only about the types of political regimes, but also–and quite possibly more importantly–the types of individual souls.

Target 5 Reading: Book VIII, pp. 221-249 of "The Republic of Plato", 2nd edition, translated by Allan Bloom (Basic Books, 1968 and 1991).

Download Dr. Gregg’s Guide to The Republic here

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Intro: Bridget Kim 
Host: Dr. Gary L. Gregg II 
Editor: Connor Tracy
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