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Monthly Archive for April, 2012

Book V at first glance appears to promote the idea of women as Guardians, however Plato simultaneously also presents arguments which accede that women would be less befitting to their male counterparts. This begs the question as to what exactly is Plato’s agenda in finally discussing half of the population. By including women into the […]

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Plato’s metaphor of the sailor and the ship paints the metaphor of what happens when the wrong type of people try to break free from their pre-determined mold. The sailors, representing the craftsman, try to mutiny and take control of the ship, the city, not realizing that the navigator, the guardian, should really be running […]

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Just a few things that we haven’t discussed sufficiently for my liking: -Remember at the end of Book 5 (480a) that the philosophic life is distinguished from the philodoxic life.  I think the implication here is that the philosophic life is to be distinguished from all other, non-philosophic lives.  This has important implications for the […]

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Each soul has the ability to learn, the capacity to see the brightest part of that which is (518c). But man is everywhere in chains, unable to turn from the play of shadows on the cave wall. He is unable to see the relics that pass before the dim flicker of the fire behind him. […]

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The cave image in Book Seven of Plato’s “Republic” is that of looking forward from the beginning of a life. This complicated image conveys many things that express the teachings of man, life and human nature. What brings a person to live life and fulfill the soul is a question that has been pursued by […]

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In Book V, Socrates and Glaucon discuss the ways to make the city more unified by having common wives and children; however, their way to achieve a sense of community is not possible or desirable. A community consists of men, women and children, three groups of people that they discuss. Initially they agree that “men […]

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The Compelled Man

In book seven the image of the cave compiles several problematic ideas from the books before it. When the idea of whether or not a man who was pulled from the cave could adjust his sight is discussed, there arise problems with truth, sight, chance, and understanding. In 515c, Glaucon and Socrates establish that truth […]

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The True Pilot

In book 6 of The Republic, the components of a true philosopher are established. A philosopher can be either a man or a woman and is basically described as a perfect human being. He or she is “by nature a rememberer, a good learner, magnificent, charming, and friend and a kinsman of truth justice, courage, […]

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In Book VII, Socrates considers how to raise and educate the future kings of the city. The making of the philosopher-king and consecutively the city appears to start at the moment a man is released from his bonds in the cave. He is then dragged out of the cave to see the sun and finally […]

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In Book V of The Republic, Socrates discusses the state of nature in reference to men and women and the seeming equality between the genders. Socrates emphasizes that the decisions made for the city, more specifically the guardians that are to live there, are within the best interest of the women. While it appears on […]

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