In Plato’s “The Republic,” Socrates argues that education is key in creating a just state and a just individual. Socrates poses different views on the amount of education an individual needs in order to be an auxiliary, guardian, or philosopher-king. However, Socrates believes that the philosopher-kings’ education makes them more fit to rule as a just individual. While I agree with Socrates about the role that education should play, I do not agree that the education of the philosopher’s make better rulers than any other individual./ Before looking at the role of education in a just society, justice must first be defined. Socrates argues to Glaucon that “Justice will be admitted to be the having and doing what is a man’s own and belongs to him.” Socrates believes that being just means, in short, minding one’s own business and not getting involved in another’s work.
Humanity is in a constant process to better themselves, as a result of their self-transcending nature. This intuitive quality pushes the soul to speculate on virtue and therefore, think philosophically. Achieving the highest form of philosophical thought will only occur if the individual has first been engaged in Plato's Theory of Education. Though Plato argued that “the power and capacity of learning exists in the soul already” (VII), he also recognized that this education is a gradual process. This notion consists of several levels of thought and much like all educational systems, an individual cannot be expected to accomplish each level overnight.
Aristotle proposed that the purpose of education should be to help a person reach his or her potential. Without education, learners may not reach their full potential; they may feel that they are missing something from their lives. Though education may not lead directly to happiness, as Aristotle postulated, it does open the door to many possibilities that a person would not have had before. Education is important for a society because it creates an environment for ideas to be discussed, discovered, and decided upon properly. Not only is education important for a society as a whole, but it is a keystone to a healthy democratic society.
Exercise is an activity that requires physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness (Oxforddictionaries.com, 2014). The general public know exercise is good for the body both mentally and physically, but may not know its importance. This essay is going to make known the advantages of exercise and the level of significance it has on the human body. Equally, it will suggest to what extent the state should ensure its citizens exercise frequently using 3 different case studies. The countries used will be the USA, UK and Nigeria.
All achievements involve help, support, ideas or information from other people. So if we want their co-operation we must learn to control ourselves. Self-control is about understanding the power of feelings and knowing how to access these valuable emotional tools to get accurate information about our lives. Self-control differs significantly from the emotional habits we learnt in childhood and shouldn't be confused with suppressing our feelings. Our level of EQ is important because our emotions motivate us to pursue our unique potential - or purpose - and as such it is our feelings that activate our life-force or personal power.
Based on these assumptions that were heavily derived from Plato’s observation of Athens, it justifies that when platonic education is implemented in a society it hinders more chance of uninformed votes and placements of politicians in our government. Elections today in the United States are heavily based on favoritism and glorification in the media but instead need to be replaced of searching for a candidate who symbolizes good moral deeds and godly truth as well as possessing arête to then induce arête in
From 403c9 to 404b8, Plato lays out one of the most important elements to achieve a good and Kalos soul; gymnastics. In this passage, Plato lays out through Socrates and Glaucon how a good act can lead to the function of good character and makes people (in this passage the rising “guardian” class) more likely to follow their reason. Socrates then turns to the physical education of the guardians and says that it should include physical training that prepares them for war, a careful diet, and habits that contribute to the avoidance of doctors. He also speaks of the fondness for kalos among the young guardians. Their taste for beauty will help them prefer noble deeds over vulgar, ugly ones.
Then Polemarchus, Cephalus’s son attempts to define justice by proposing that justice means “ one should pay what is owed”. Not returning or refusing to return the borrowed weapon would clearly benefit one’... ... middle of paper ... ... Plato believed that the entire city as a whole will operate smoothly, exhibiting the harmony that is justice. Then, a human being is only properly said to be just when the three souls perform their proper functions in harmony with each other, working in agreement for the good of the person as a whole. In conclusion, it was found that the education of the guardians was necessary to keep the city running and with their education you must devote their lives to persue the common goals and good of the city. Once the individual and the other individuals in the society or city were working in complete harmony only then would the circle be complete and everything would run smoothly.
For this to become true those who are kings must become philosophers because justice “concern is not with external actions, but with a man’s inward self, his true concern and interest” (Plato, 443d). Justice is not the right of the stronger like Thrasymachus said but the effective harmony of the whole community. I think that what a person knows makes him or her better person, because is through education that society is going to progress. By making individuals better persons that in effect will translate into a better society as a whole which should be the main concern. Does education qualify him or her to rule?
He answers Glaucon's challenge by thinking in terms of the individual and their mind, linking the level of wisdom to the position of individuals in the ideal state and the noting the difference between the four regimes. Plato believed that education is of great importance, and disagrees with democracy and any other form of government that allows uneducated people to rule. Plato enforced that the best state is that in which there is a ruler that will rule unwillingly in terms of desire, but willingly for the good of the people. He believed the purpose of education is to put you in touch with the natural harmony of what the spheres are. The Republic's purpose is to show that everyone should be educated to their highest ability and only those with the qualities of virt... ... middle of paper ... ...reasing number of violent crimes and lack of moral in the world today as the viewers cannot differentiate illusion from reality.