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When the Odyssey opens with a meeting of the gods, Homer presents the first philosophical question of the poem. “Ah how shameless…” Zeus rails against the humans. “From us alone, they say, come all their miseries, yes,/ but they themselves, with their own reckless ways,/ compound their pains beyond their proper share (Book 1, 37-40).” […]

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Superior Socrates

Throughout The Republic, Socrates makes his arguments based on what is now termed as “the Socratic method.” Yet in his conversation with Adeimantus and Glaucon on the first and second cities, he very frequently condescends the two men—when Socrates ____ Adeimantus and when he dismisses Glaucon. While Socrates is the philosophical superior to the two, […]

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