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Socrates has constructed an austere city with a rigid class structure and a disturbing lack of charm. Will people be happy living in this city?
Adeimantus, a member of the Athenian ruling class, seriously doubts that he can find happiness in the "perfect" city. He asks Socrates: Where is the happiness for the guardians? How can guardians be happy without such pleasures as owning fine houses and entertaining friends? In effect, Adeimantus is accusing Socrates of denying the rulers everything for which, it seems, they have established civil order-property, privacy, happiness.
Here Socrates attempts to justify the structure of his city, which, you will see, is also the structure of the good soul. This book has three major sections: 1. the happy state; 2. the virtues of the state; and 3. the virtues of the individual.