No Freedom In the Kallipolis, No Problemo!
Who needs freedom when we have law and order? This seems to be Plato’s argument throughout Republic. For proposing such an argument, Plato’s been bashed and trashed and smashed many times by modern day philosophers. Some people say he’s a … Continue reading →
Ok Plato, I see you
Although Plato’s Republic was incredibly dry and a rather difficult read for me, I found a few of his nuggets of wisdom to be quite interesting. Plato, speaking through Socrates, is annoyingly very full of himself and his ideas, but … Continue reading →
Who Gets to Decide What’s Bad? (not you)
As I was reading through the Republic, I can say with 100% certainty that I embodied the yes men Plato used to further his conversations. Yes, Socrates, that’s great. Yes, that sounds fabulous. Stories that show unflattering sides of the gods … Continue reading →
Let’s Talk Justice
Now, before I began typing out this blog post, I had to take a seat and think. This book, or repertoire of Pluto’s idea for a perfect society, is mind boggling. Plato’s Republic is not confusing because the ideas are … Continue reading →
Plato the Feminist?
Plato is referred to frequently as the father of western philosophy, while he has angered and provoked many with his views. One view in particular has stood out to me in terms of feminism – do modern day feminists have … Continue reading →
Just So Lustful
Justice is desirable. Socrates believes the men who praise it are more generously rewarded than those who worship injustice. The question of the matter is.. how does one come to be “just”? Socrates explains a just man must have a … Continue reading →
Forget John Galt, Who Is Socrates?
Originally, my idea for this post was going to be somewhat angry. Not annoyed, mind you. I was thinking up a full on, bile-spitting rant of hate directed at Plato and the mob of spineless sycophants he transparently manipulates to … Continue reading →
Plato Republic So I have finally finished the Republic (astoundingly) and I can honestly say that this was one of the most challenging pieces of text that I have ever encountered throughout my academic years. I an currently enrolled in a compelling philosophy class, and I was very excited about getting the opportunity to read […]
Republic: The Imitator’s Imitation?
Earlier on in Plato’s “Republic”, Socrates and Adeimantus set out to determine the kind of education that the guardians of Kallipolis should receive. While doing this, Socrates gives his opinion on what he thinks should and should not be conveyed in the work of artists. In order to complete his consideration of art, Socrates decides … Continue reading Republic: The Imitator’s Imitation?
The Republic – Book VIII
Plato returns to his discussion of the city and man constitutions in book VIII. Previously he described the ideal philosopher-king/queen and the kallipolis, now he sheds light on four other types of government and people that can result from a city. He also expands on the idea that “everything that comes into being must decay,” […]
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