Essay on Was Plato a feminist?
In some aspects, Plato supported the feminist’ view, that men and women are equal. When analyzing Book V of Plato’s Republic, many people argue as to whether or not Plato can be considered to be the ‘first feminist’. Martha Nussbaum claims that Plato is the ‘first feminist’. This essay will explore Book V of Plato’s Republic and will provide evidence to prove Martha Nussbaum’s claim that Plato is the first feminist.
Firstly, what is a feminist? According to the oxford advanced learners dictionary, a feminist is “a person who supports the belief that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men”. However, during the times of Aristotle and Plato, women and men were treated differently, men were considered to …show more content…
To conclude, there are justified arguments suggesting that Plato was not a feminist which in doing so contradicts Martha Nussbaum’s claim that Plato is the first feminist, however, the above evidence is sufficient enough to prove that there is good evidence for Martha Nussbaum’s claim that Plato is the First