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Forms of Love in Plato's Symposium

- Love, in classical Greek literature, is commonly considered as a prominent theme. Love, in present days, always appears in the categories of books, movies or music, etc. Interpreted differently by different people, Love turns into a multi-faceted being. In Plato’s work Symposium, Phaedrus, Pausania, Eryximachus, Aristophane and Agathon, each of them presents a speech to either praise or definite Love. Phaedrus first points out that Love is the primordial god; Pausanias brings the theme of “virtue” into the discussion and categorizes Love into “good” one or “bad” one; Eryximachus introduces the thought of “moderation’ and thinks that Love governs such fields as medicine and music; Aristophane...   [tags: Plato, Symposium, nature of love, relationships]

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Two Types of Love in Plato's Symposium

- Two Types of Love in Plato's Symposium I have always thought that there was only one type of love, which was that feeling of overwhelming liking to someone else. I am aware that Lust does exist and that it is separate from Love, being that the desire for someone's body rather their mind. In Plato's Symposium, Plato speaks of many different types of love, loves that can be taken as lust as well. He writes about seven different points of view on love coming from the speakers that attend the symposium in honor of Agathon....   [tags: Plato Symposium Essays]

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The Nature of Love Explored in Plato’s Symposium

- The Nature of Love Explored in Plato’s Symposium In classical Greek literature the subject of love is commonly a prominent theme. However, throughout these varied texts the subject of Love becomes a multi-faceted being. From this common occurrence in literature we can assume that this subject had a large impact on day-to-day life. One text that explores the many faces of love in everyday life is Plato’s Symposium. In this text we hear a number of views on the subject of love and what the true nature of love is....   [tags: Plato Symposium]

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Plato's Symposium

- Plato's Symposium      What is the meaning of love. What does love feel like. How does love come about. No one can truly explain it, yet somehow it's understood. In Plato's Symposium, a dinner party was held with the discussion of love as the main topic. Everyone was required to make a speech, an ode to Love, the spirit. The philosopher, Socrates gave his speech last, claiming that his speech was merely a repetition of what a wise woman named Diotima once told him. The speech was a powerful one, but before the night was over, a drunk Alcibiades entered....   [tags: Socrates Love Symposium Essays Plato]

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Context and Contradictions in Plato's Phaedrus and Plato's Symposium

- Context and Contradictions in Plato's Phaedrus and Plato's Symposium It is well known that Plato, a devoted student of Socrates, chronicled many of Socrates' speeches and conversations. Every so often one can find instances where Socrates and other players in these conversations seem to contradict themselves, or at least muddle their arguments. One such occurrence of this is in Plato's Symposium and Plato's Phaedrus. Both texts speak of love in its physical sense, both texts describe love and its effects, and both discuss how it is best realized, yet they do this in very different fashions, and for different reasons....   [tags: Plato Socrates Phaedrus Symposium Papers]

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Gender-Based Notions of Homoerotic Love: Sappho and Plato’s Symposium

- Gender-Based Notions of Homoerotic Love: Sappho and Plato’s Symposium The poetry of Sappho, and the speeches in Plato’s Symposium both deal primarily with homoerotic love, although Sappho, one of the only female poets in Ancient Greece, speaks from the female perspective, while Plato’s work focuses on the nature of this love between men. There are several fundamental elements that are common to both perspectives, including similar ideals of youth and beauty, and the idea of desire as integral to both views on love....   [tags: Sappho Plato Symposium Essays]

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Plato's "Symposium"

- “Love is many splendid thing, all you need is love,” this quote is from one of my favorite songs entitled Elephant Love Medley which is featured in the movical (a movie musical), Moulin Rouge. The song is a duet between Christian, a playwright, and Satine, the lead actress of his current play, Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman play the two roles. This song is a compilation of love songs that were qui (Kidman, McGregor and Leguizamo)te popular during the 20th century, Christian is singing to Satine trying to convince her that they can love each other and that nothing else matters....   [tags: Greek phylosophy]

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Tragedy of Alcibiades in Plato's Symposium

- The Tragedy of Alcibiades in Plato's Symposium In Symposium, a selection from The Dialogues of Plato, Plato uses historical allusions to demonstrate Alcibiades’ frustration with both social expectations for the phallus and his inability to meet these expectations. Alcibiades’ inability to have a productive sexual relationship effectively castrates him and demonstrates the impotence caused by an overemphasis on eroticism. The tragedy of Alcibiades is that he realizes he is unable to gain virtue through sexual relationships and will therefore be forced to remain mortal, yet he is unable to alter his condition....   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays]

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Plato's Symposium

- Plato's Symposium In the Symposium, Plato gives us one of the most close-up and personal pictures of Socrates we have. Socrates himself never wrote a line that we know of; all that we know of him (his personality, his views, his biography) we get through Plato's ey es and pen. We cannot, therefore, know how accurate or embellished this account is. The elaborate way Plato introduces the "story" of the Symposium may lead you to believe that it is a fiction, just as the other works we will read this semester are....   [tags: Papers]

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Plato's Symposium

- Plato's Symposium Plato's metaphor of the divided line is essentially two worlds; the world of opinion (the physical world or the world of becoming/existence) and the world of knowledge (the world of knowledge or the world of being/essence). This concept is key to the context of The Symposium: Love. It is important to note that as the speeches evolve throughout this particular work they parallel this concept. Plato has, in this writer's opinion, reinforced his theory through the speaker's by outlining the journey from the world of becoming (Phaedrus' speech) to the world of being (Diotima's speech)....   [tags: Papers]

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Interpretation of Love in Plato’s Symposium

- The meaning of love is as intricate and unique as the purpose that it serves. It seems that the nature of love is found in the mind, the body and the soul. In Plato’s Symposium each member of the drinking party gives their own interpretation of love. As each speaker engages in their discourse, the concept of love is evaluated from different angles. According to Phaedrus, homoerotic love is the highest form of love and that sacrificing oneself for love will result in a multitude of rewards from the gods, while Pausanias believes that there are two forms of love: Commonly and Heavenly....   [tags: homoerotic love, aristophanes, zeus]

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Plato's Symposium

- Though not as philosophical as many of Plato's other works, The Symposium gives a greater in depth account and characterization into the social life of the intellectual circles in Ancient Greece. The eulogies from each of the philosophers at the discussion examine the origins and theories of love in its many forms. Several of the theories and themes discussed in The Symposium are repeated as well as contrasted by each of the orators. The themes of physical love and lust, and reproduction are most notably discussed and compared within each speech....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Plato's Symposium Addressing the Origin of Humans

- Plato's Symposium Addressing the Origin of Humans Every civilization has something that captivates its members. Our current civilization has either music or movies. The middle ages had religion. The Romans had powerful generals. The ancient Greeks had stories and plays. There is one thing in common with each of these. The answer is simply myth. Some movies are just different adaptations of myth. Religion is just one big belief that has its origins in myth. The generals would try to become similar to the gods in myth....   [tags: Papers]

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Necessary Physical Contant in D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love and Plato's Symposium

- Necessary Physical Contant in D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love and Plato's Symposium D.H. Lawrence’s novel, Women in Love, presents a complex model of female-male and male-male relationships. Lawrence’s model relies heavily on a similar model presented in Plato’s Symposium. The difference between the two works lies in the mode of realization; that is, how one goes about achieving a ‘perfect’ love relationship with either sex. Lawrence concentrates on corporal fulfillment, characterized in his recurring reference to obtaining a “blood oath,” while Plato concentrates on a mental, or “divine” bond....   [tags: Lawrence Plato Relationships Love Essays]

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Significance of Feet in Plato’s Symposium

- The Significance of Feet in Plato’s Symposium Plato’s Symposium presents an account of the party given at the house of Agathon, where Socrates and Alcibiades are in attendance. The men at the party take turns eulogizing the god Eros. In Agathon’s eulogy, he describes Eros as a soft and tender being. When Socrates speaks, however, he makes a correction of his host’s account, by saying the soft and tender thing is the beloved, and not the lover, as Agathon would have it. When Alcibiades enters the party toward the end of the dialogue, he complains that Socrates is deceiving Agathon....   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays]

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An Analysis Of Aristophanes 's Speech From Plato 's Symposium

- ... The other person won’t know that because he or she is obsessed with the other one’s looks and thinks that’s love and love makes you blind. In fact, many researchers believe that if Romeo and Juliet didn’t kill themselves and successfully ran off, they would’ve gotten a divorce later anyway because as times goes by, there aren 't that many excitement comparing to when they just met. Soon they’ll find each other boring and finally end their marriage. This teaches us that looks might last for a few years when the other is getting tired of it....   [tags: Love, English-language films, Marriage]

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Male homoeroticism in Plato's Symposium and the Greek lyric poets: Complimentary or contradictory?

- Male homoeroticism in Plato's Symposium and the Greek lyric poets: Complimentary or contradictory. Works Cited Missing Images of male homosocial and homoerotic relations pervade Athenian culture. From plays to poetry and jugs to the justice system one can find these relations represented pictorially and in words. But do all these images align with each other or are there irreconcilable differences between them. To look at this question we will take two small pieces of culture, a philosophical treatise, Plato's Symposium and the lyric poetry of Theognis and Anacreon....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Love Is Discussed By Socrates And His Friends Over A Drinking Party

- ... Carver, as characteristic of his writing, uses a much simpler version. “My friend Mel McGinness was talking. Mel McGinness is a cardiologist, and sometimes that gives him the right.” (137) Carver’s narrator is telling a detached account of a conversation his four friends had, and the stories his friend, Mel tells. While Plato’s narrator is reciting what he heard through many different sources. Nick, Carver’s narrator, is present for the graphic discussion that unfolds. Carver’s simplification of this frame enforces the concept of communication and understanding that comes with love....   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Love, Symposium]

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Relevance of Sexual Relations in Old Babylonia, Nomadic Hebrews, and Greece

- Ancient societies codified their regulations on sex, in both formal laws and in social practices. Hammurabi, ruler of Old Babylonia, gave his people a law code in c.1700 BCE; the Mosaic Law code for the ancient Hebrews followed in c.1200 BCE. Though the ancient Greek philosopher Plato’s The Symposium (c.385 BCE) does not put forth legal restrictions on sex, its dialogue does attempt to define love. These documents illustrate how each civilization viewed sex. This paper explores sexual relations that were good for the community in three ancient societies: Old Babylonia, the nomadic Hebrews, and Greece....   [tags: Code of Hammurabi, The Symposium, Plato]

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Comparing Plato’s Symposium and David Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

- Comparing Plato’s Symposium and David Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding Philosophy, when broken down into the original Greek, is philos, which means love, and logos, which means word. Thus philosophy is the love of words or linguistics. There is not one way of viewing this love of words. Both Plato and David Hume examine philosophy in their texts, Symposium and An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, respectively. I will outline, then compare, these two philosophers’ views of philosophy to show that philosophy is a balance....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Is The Alcibiades, Written By Plato

- ... What Alcibiades truly desires is for his “reputation and your influence to saturate all mankind.”(105c 3) Socrates proceeds to elaborates that he want to be the philosopher king. He wants to the man behind the shadows exerting his influence on Alcibiades. Socrates asks Alcibiades to do him a favor and respond to the question that he asks. This sets the question answer frame for the dialogue. Socrates asks Alcibiades what he is going to say to the Athenian assembly. This bring upon the question of learning....   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Question, Philosophy]

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The Genius of Plato

- Plato was born to an aristocratic family in Athens, Greece. When he was a child his father, Ariston, who was believed to be descended from the early kings of Athens died, and his mother, Perictione married Pyrilampes. As a young man Plato was always interested in political leadership and eventually became a disciple of Socrates. He followed his philosophy and his dialectical style, which is believed to be the search for truth through questions, answers, and additional questions. After witnessing the death of Socrates at the hands of the Athenian democracy in 399 B.C., Plato left Athens and continued to travel to Italy, Sicily, and Egypt....   [tags: Plato Biography]

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Platos "The Symposium"

- In Greek culture around the time of Plato, the perfect ideal person was considered. Plato’s idea that there was a perfect world of ideas affected this pieces subject and the subject’s action. Many works of his time period were sculptures that were meant to be viewed from all angles, attempting to be a closer match to that of the ideal. This idea that the ideal world was real and what matter not the physical also effect the actions depicted in many works of this time period. Most of the works are depicting an ideal Greek person performing a noble act not just a common act....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Finding the Good Life in Symposium

- Finding the Good Life in Symposium There are many different interpretations of what the good life truly is. Individualists believe that the good life is pleasing oneself, while utilitarians believe that the good life is acting for the good of the rest of society. Philosophers, too, have their own interpretation. Plato alludes to the philosopher's good life when he uses the phrase "my greatest pleasure." The inherent subjectivity of the word "my" tells the reader that philosophical conversation may not necessarily be everyone's greatest pleasure....   [tags: Philosophy essays]

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The Symposium: A Philosophers Guide To Love

- The Symposium: A Philosophers Guide to Love As much as our society has become involved in the advancement of feminism and the equality of the sexes, there is one fact that neither gender can ignore; none can survive without the other. Love and the want of a soul mate keeps each member of man and womankind in constant search of the perfect person with whom to become one. Yet if this bond is a necessity of the human race then why has the meaning, purpose and pursuit of it eluded us for so many generations....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Aristophanes' Theory of Love in the Symposium

- Aristophanes' Theory of Love in the Symposium 2. Aristophanes' Theory of love: from Plato's Symposium The love as discussed by the characters in the Symposium is homosexual love. Some assumed that homosexuality alone is capable of satisfying “a man’s highest and noblest aspirations”. Whereas heterosexual love is placed at an inferior level, being described as only existing for carnal reasons; its ultimate purpose being procreation. There are differing views in these dialogues, Aristophanes contradicts his peers by treating heterosexuality at the same level as homosexuality, arguing that both are predestined....   [tags: Papers]

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Plato 's Views On Love

- A feeling that cannot be defined, an emotion that can only be expressed, and a word that is used in everyday life, is what we know as love. Throughout history, there have been many different opinions and interpretations of love. When a person is asked, “what is love?" many people find the answer more difficult to explain than they initially thought. The book Symposium describes love as, "the motivating force in all of us" (Page 11). The book also explains that Plato analyzes many kinds of love and one of those kinds of love may now be considered what one would call "Christian love." Christianity is a large influence on love today, particularly the fact that the Bible says God 's love is un...   [tags: Love, Human, Plato, Romance]

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Platos Symposium analysis

- “Plato’s Symposium” Kaboom, that was the sound of Zeus’s thunder crashing towards the Earth. During this time period the people in Greece believed in these gods. Also happening at the same time period was when the worlds most famous philosophers began to come out and teach. Most importantly the philosophers did what they were suppose to, and that was to question the world around them. One of the most famous philosophers in the Greek period around 416 B.C. was a man named Socrates. Socrates was student of the Diotima which taught him things about love, ignorance, wisdom and right opinion, which he rehearses to the people attending the dinner of Agathon’s....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Modern Romantic’s View on Love

- Love – a simple four letter word shrouded in mystery and many different meanings. Philosophers, poets, and writers have all tried to discern the significance or concept of love for many centuries. Plato, for example, was one such philosopher who in his work the Symposium (which means “Drinking Party”) wrote about “Eros” – the term for sexual love in Greek. The Symposium was written approximately around 384 and 379 B.C.E., and follows five elite Athenian men as they pronounce their admiration of Eros while lounging on couches listening to flute girls play in the distance....   [tags: common love, symposium, sexual relations]

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Beauty and Love in the Republic of Plato

- The first question that pops into one’s mind when mentioning beauty in a philosophical context is whether it is objective or subjective. Do things bring pleasure because they are beautiful, or are things beautiful because they bring pleasure. It is a question that has created a major disagreement amongst certain of the greatest philosophical minds. It is commonly agreed upon that beauty is an ultimate value along with goodness, truth and justice. However, it does not exist in the thing itself, but is rather individually perceived....   [tags: philosophy, objective, subjective]

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Plato's View of Love

- Plato is often criticized for preaching the gospel of me first. The claim is that his understanding of love is essentially egoistic, and this is seen as troublesome for the obvious ethical reasons. But there may be an even more troubling issue with Plato's understanding of love. In this paper I will attempt to argue that for Plato, love is in a sense impossible; that it can only ever be a desire for something out of one's grasp. The stakes are high but perhaps there is a way to understand this problem in a way that seems a little less damning....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Plato and The Republic

- Plato and The Republic 360 BC THE REPUBLIC by Plato translated by Benjamin Jowett 360 B.C. THE INTRODUCTION THE Republic of Plato is the longest of his works with the exception of the Laws, and is certainly the greatest of them. There are nearer approaches to modern metaphysics in the Philebus and in the Sophist; the Politicus or Statesman is more ideal; the form and institutions of the State are more clearly drawn out in the Laws; as works of art, the Symposium and the Protagoras are of higher excellence....   [tags: Papers]

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Plato on Education as the Development of Reason

- Plato on Education as the Development of Reason ABSTRACT: Socrates' great educational innovation was in ascribing moral worth to the intellectual activity reflectively directed at one's own life. His concept of eudaimonia was so different from the ordinary that talking about it took on sometimes a paradoxical air, as in Apology 30b3. For him, reason is not a tool for attaining goals independently thought worthwhile; rather, rationality itself, expressed in the giving of reasons and the avoidance of contradictions, confers value to goals and opinions....   [tags: Educational Philosophy Papers]

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Plato

- Plato (circa 428-c. 347 BC) Plato was born to an aristocratic family in Athens. His father, Ariston, was believed to have descended from the early kings of Athens. Perictione, his mother, was distantly related to the 6th- century BC lawmaker Solon. When Plato was a child, his father died, and his mother married Pyrilampes, who was an associate of the statesman Pericles. As a young man Plato had political ambitions, but he became disillusioned by the political leadership in Athens. He eventually became a disciple of Socrates, accepting his basic philosophy and dialectical style of debate: the pursuit of truth through questions, answers, and additional questions....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- Plato's Symposium provides us with many different views and theories about love. This drunken discussion of Eros presents ideas which have not lost their relevance in the millennia since. Many things have changed and there have been a lot of different views on almost every subject known to man, but the thoughts voiced in the Symposium still hold truth today. However being what it was, and that is many different peoples thoughts on the subjectof Eros, there is a wide variety of theories to choose from....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Plato's Dialogue

- Plato's Dialogue Dialogue: to exchange and discuss ideas in a frank and open manner to reach a mutually agreed understanding. Dialogue on difficult issues is important to man. People can learn from others by exchanging ideas and expressing how a philosophy or a stand on an issue affects them. Comprehending the needs, feelings, problems and views of others can help create a better future for all. Can we in a society that proclaims the right to free speech participate in a free and open dialogue....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparison Of Plato 's ' What We Talk About Love

- ... She claims that not everyone portrays how they love in the same way, it all depends on how they express it in their own way, and his was was through the abuse he inflicted where she recalled, “He beat me up one night. He dragged me around the living room..he kept saying ‘I love you, I love you’..”(Carver 170). While some people would view the situation as being unhealthy and potentially, the person experiencing it may support a juxtaposing position on this, stating that if the person did not love them, they would not have gone through all of the violence to prove it....   [tags: Love, Interpersonal relationship, Platonic love]

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Sappho And Plato 's View On The Mysteries Of Love, Eros, And The True

- Our drive for human connection has been forever fueled by desire to seek love, truth, and wisdom, and to share that information with one another in our quest and pursuit of happiness. Our society is shaped by the process and product of every interaction, both between people, and man and nature. Some sexual, and non-sexual relationships that form between human interaction are better than others for us as individuals, morally and spiritually. In the very old works of ancient Greek poets, Sappho and Plato, we are offered different approaches and insights on the mysteries of love, eros, and the true meaning and desire of human interaction, sexually and non-sexually....   [tags: Love, Human, Socrates, Platonic love]

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The Relationship Between The Past and Future in Faulkner´s Literature

- “The past is not dead. It’s not even past” (Faulkner 1). Within in the pages of what is arguable his best-known book, acclaimed author William Faulkner penned this profound statement. Requiem for a Nun is, at its core an experiment with narrative technique. And much like Faulkner, writers and poets from ancient times used narrative technique in their stories to express the relationship between the past and future and the fluidity between the two. Three shining examples where writers expressed/showcased the relationship between the past and future are The Illiad by Homer, Pythian 4 by Pindar, and Plato’s Symposium....   [tags: homer, plato, narratological technique]

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The Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry

- Though Plato’s case when it comes to the Sophists and his distaste for their use of rhetoric is valid, often times he doesn’t make sense of whether poetry, rather than the poet, is what he would consider as “good”. In essence, poetry is the vehicle for poets to take the basics of life which have inspired them, for instance nature, and projecting it onto their readers by bringing it to a heightened state, in this case, nature being presented as a form of unnatural cosmic energy. In Ion, Socrates states, “All good poets, epic as well as lyric, compose their beautiful poems not by skill, but through inspiration and possession” (Ion 7)....   [tags: socrates, plato, humankind]

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The Idea Of Bodily Desire

- The Idea of Bodily Desire Socrates, in Plato's work "Symposium", introduces the ladder of love through his conversation with the God-like figure, Diotima. The more knowledge about love one gains, the higher they climb and the less they focus on physical beauty. After Socrates has explained these concepts, Alcibiades steps in. He is confused because he himself is in love with philosophy, but he is also lost in bodily desire. According to the ideology of Socrates as expressed in Plato's work "Symposium" the musician girl from Mehta's "A River Sutra" is at the bottom of Diotima's ladder because she is so entirely infatuated and obsessed with the love of physical beauty, and not Socrates ideal,...   [tags: Socrates Plato]

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The Accounts Of Eros In The "symposium"

- The Accounts of Eros in the "Symposium" The word love carries with it many, many different interpretations. In modern day, our views on what is appropriate love is much different from the views from the time of Socrates and Plato. To them love was eros, a direct translation of the word love. However, the word itself wasn't the only thing that was different about love. In Plato's "Symposium", there is a celebration for Agathon. He had just won a dramatic contest in Athens, Greece two nights ago....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Theory of Ideas

- Plato is one of the most important people in the history of Philosophy. Throughout his life, he had made many contributions to the world of philosophy, but the most important contribution that he is most known for is his theory of the Ideas or Forms. Throughout his many works such as the Phaedo and Symposium, he presented his theory of Ideas by using both mythos and logos in his argument for support. In the Phaedo, Plato introduced the theory of Ideas which centered on the problem of immortality of the soul, which suggested that true cannot be finding in the sensible world, but in the world of ideas....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Rhetoric]

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Plato's Antipaideia: Perplexity for the Guided

- Plato's Antipaideia: Perplexity for the Guided ABSTRACT: ‘Paideia’ connotes the handing down and preservation of tradition and culture, even civilization, through education. Plato’s education of philosophers in the Academy is inimical to such an essentially conservative notion. His dialectical method is inherently dynamic and open-ended: not only are such conclusions as are reached in the dialogues subject to further criticism, so are the assumptions on which those conclusions are based. In these and other ways explored in this paper, Plato demonstrates that paideia has no harbor within philosophy....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays]

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The Pursuit Of The Good Life : Individual Or Societal Effort

- Russell Natherson Alexander Torres Hum2305 3 November 2014 The Pursuit of the Good Life: Individual or Societal Effort In the readings Five-Fold Happiness and Symposium, Sung and Plato respectably try to formulate a method on achieving the Good Life. In Sung’s work, Five-Fold Happiness, the Good Life (GL) is related to the contentment of the individual. According to the work, satisfaction is only found when all five virtues are fulfilled. In Symposium, Plato composes the Ladder of Love, and considers the GL to be the ability to see the beauty of everything; and loving that beauty....   [tags: Virtue, Plato, Socrates, Positive psychology]

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Plato

- Philosopher. According to sources, Plato was born on or around May 21, 427 (or 428) B.C. in Athens, the son of Ariston and Perictione, both of Athenian aristocratic ancestry. He lived his whole life in Athens, although he traveled to Sicily and southern Italy on several occasions, and one story says he traveled to Egypt. Little is known of his early years, but he was given the finest education Athens had to offer the scions of its noble families, and he devoted his considerable talents to politics and the writing of tragedy and other forms of poetry....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Educational Value of Plato's Early Socratic Dialogues

- The Educational Value of Plato's Early Socratic Dialogues ABSTRACT: When contemplating the origins of philosophical paideia one is tempted to think of Socrates, perhaps because we feel that Socrates has been a philosophical educator to us all. But it is Plato and his literary genius that we have to thank as his dialogues preserve not just Socratic philosophy, but also the Socratic educational experience. Educators would do well to better understand Plato's pedagogical objectives in the Socratic dialogues so that we may appreciate and utilize them in our own educational endeavors, and so that we may adapt the Socratic experience to new interactive educational technologies....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays]

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Plato And The Ideas Of Plato

- ... In fact, it is mentioned that education can be key to the problems that plague society. However, education is beyond the idea of what schools and high level education can teach. One of the best ways that education can be used is for the guardians, to curve the natural tendencies of taking complete control over the citizens. Education can be used to shape the characters of not only the guardians, or those in charge, or others in the community in a better way. “The Idea of the Good—in light of which the soul’s good may be discerned, and by which all things become useful and beneficial—is thus not only the “greatest study” but also the one most indispensable to the welfare of human beings....   [tags: Plato, Justice, Ethics, Cardinal virtues]

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Analysis Of Plato 's The Republic Of Plato

- ... This poses the debate on how societies are mandated, regulated, and governed. Who is there to maintain order within the general public, and what characteristics do they have that make them reliable overseers. This is where the virtues of character come into play for Plato’s defense. Plato introduces a new branch of people, the guardians. This diversion is created to divide society into the common people and those that protect and govern the common people. Plato later goes on to divide the group of guardians even further by dividing them into the soldiers, who protect the state and enforce laws, and the rulers who resolve conflict and decide on public policy....   [tags: Soul, Plato, Reason, Philosophy]

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The Republic By Plato

- The purpose of The Republic by Plato is to explain, define and seek the true definition of justice and highlight the flaws of the democratic political system. Plato constructs the argument that leaders of a nation (kings) should become philosophers, or philosophers should become kings. Throughout his book, Plato deliberately expresses his belief that it takes a special kind of knowledge and wisdom to rule a nation justly and successfully. The cave is depicted as a allegory that explains the path one has to take when it comes to education in order to achieve the ultimate source of good, knowledge....   [tags: Philosophy, Plato, Justice, Ontology]

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The Apology Of Plato 's Apology

- ... He was put on trial by Meletus, who he’s never talked to prior to this trial, and that Socrates believes has no true interest in Socrates or if he really has corrupted the youth or not. Socrates believed that Meletus was “vexed on behalf of the poets” (23e, The Apology). There were a few others accusing Socrates of corrupting the youth and impiety. Anytus was another one who, as Socrates says was “vexed on behalf of the craftsmen and politicians” (23e, Meno). And the last one was Lycon, who Socrates says he was “vexed on behalf of the rhetoricians” (24a, The apology)....   [tags: Socrates, Plato]

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Justice in Plato´s The Republic

- In book four of Plato's “The Republic” Socrates defines justice in the individual as analogous to justice in the state. I will explain Socrates' definition of justice in the individual, and then show that Socrates cannot certify that his definition of justice is correct, without asking further questions about justice. I will argue that if we act according to this definition of justice, then we do not know when we are acting just. Since neither the meaning of justice, nor the meaning of good judgement, is contained in the definition, then one can act unjustly while obeying to the definition of justice....   [tags: Plato's The Republic]

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Analysis Of Socrates Argument On Plato 's Republic And Plato

- In this paper I will give an in depth analysis of Socrates argument in Plato’s Republic and in Plato’s Phaedo. First I will begin with the analysis of the Republic, a discussion between Socrates and Glaucon on morality of the human being. The argument first defines morality within a good community and proceeds with the application of this definition in the human person. Then I shall analysis Phaedo, Socrates argument of immortality of the soul. Using his argument of death, reincarnation, change and invisibility, I shall explain Socrates rejoice of death....   [tags: Plato, Soul, Reincarnation, Philosophy]

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Confusion And Plato

- Confusion Confusion plagues everyone in the world. Daily people are subject to struggles that involve them being confused and allow them to not fully take in what the world has to offer. Confusion simply put is the "impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person; a disturbed mental state." With that said it is evident that many things a susceptible to confusion, and being confused. When reading Plato one cannot help to be confused, some confused on the general meaning others confused on the actual wording....   [tags: Plato]

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Analysis of Aristotle and Plato's Thoughts

- Philosophers are all known for questioning and exploring Ideals; taking a look at all options and what is most important. While Aristotle and Plato both take a plunge into the unknowns of a political state, Aristotle demonstrates a state for individuals, to rule as equals, contrary to Plato’s strict utopian structure and group over individual hierarchy view of the ideal state. Plato’s ideal state is strictly structured through a utopian ideal. Everything within Plato’s ideal state has a place and purpose, and everyone within it is aware of that....   [tags: aristotle, plato's ideal, utopia]

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The Soul Stays the Same in Plato

- “I think, Socrates, he said, that on this line of argument any man, even the dullest, would agree that the soul is altogether more like that which always exists in the same state rather than like that which does not” (Plato, Phaedo 79e) In this paper I will argue that the soul is not necessarily unchanging and eternal, as many of Plato’s arguments would suggest otherwise. The main reasons in support of this claim are that there are questionable conclusions that Plato had reached that challenge the validity of his theory on immortal souls....   [tags: plato, death, eternal]

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Plato 's Version Of The Speech

- Plato, being an admirer and student of Socrates, wrote his version of Socrates’ speech as he defended himself in court against his charges of corrupting the youth, and impiety called The Apology. In comparison, Xenophon also wrote his version of the speech. Seeing as though each author has many supporting details that support their view as far as the outcome of the trial, Plato’s version of his apology may have been somewhat biased. Xenophon, on the other hand, was more at peace with the outcome of the trial....   [tags: Socrates, Plato, Apology, Xenophon]

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The Apology Of Plato 's Apology

- Plato’s Apology gives insight to the thoughts and workings of the brilliant mind of Socrates. Everything we know about the philosopher is through the writings and works of his students and followers (Dean, 2014). The Apology is Plato’s version of the speech Socrates gave when he was put on trial. This important piece of literature demonstrates the skill that Socrates possessed in rhetoric, examination, and improvised speech which aided him in disproving the accusations made against him. The Oracle of Delphi, a god, who by nature could not lie, proclaimed that Socrates was the wisest of men (Plato, trans....   [tags: Plato, Knowledge, Philosophy, Wisdom]

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The Philosophy Of Plato And Mill

- ... This means that a person is not compel to act on the opinions of others and he is in control of himself. Plato and Mill agree that a city ruled by the tyranny of majority is dangerous and often corrupt. Plato believes that democracy has many problems attached to it. He points this out by using the simile of the the ship to describe corruption in Athens. The ship represents the city. The captain is the athenian people who are big and strong but deaf and short sighted. This shows that the masses of the city are more concern about their short term future rather than looking at the big picture....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Belief, Epistemology]

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Plato 's Philosophy Of Education

- ... Where Power and Plato difference is, Plato believes that some literature should be censored absolutely and Power does not. Power says that literature should not be absolutely censored, but young children should be exposed to certain material with the right timing. Power compares censorship in education to young children being able to drive. Power says that no one disagrees that young children should not be able to drive until they are mature enough and this is the key to Power 's argument. He does not want education to be completely censored, but certain subjects should be taught when the child is mature enough to handle it....   [tags: Philosophy, Plato, Virtue, Education]

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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- Plato defines wisdom as the constant pursuit of knowledge in his dialogue The Republic Plato illustrates his idea of forms through an analogy, the allegory of the cave. In this dialogue, Plato exemplifies wisdom and inadvertently creates an analogy that is applicable to modern day Christianity. In Plato 's allegory, there are many examples of individuals who display the characteristics of one he would presume wise. In his allegory, there are two groups of people; those who are in the cave and those who are outside the cave....   [tags: Plato, Virtue, Wisdom, Christianity]

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Plato 's Theory Of The Soul

- Plato taught his contemporaries of the idea of the soul and how it has a desire and goal to become a pure. To do this Plato stressed that every human being must compare him or herself to the most high, Godly truth. To accomplish this, humans were expected to live by the universal example by struggling with bodily temptations and sins to be able to keep the soul pure. Plato’s thoughts became the forerunner and basis for many religions in his time and overall applied to all humans as a code of how to live....   [tags: Plato, Soul, Democracy, Republic]

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Plato 's Influence On The Philosophy

- Plato has had a lot of influence on the philosophy that we have today. In this modern time we do not really have our own philosophy we are learning our philosophy from a guy that wrote it hundreds of years ago. It is really significant that we are still going with his thoughts on justice and things like that, but the ideas are a little old and not very well applied to the modern ways of life. I found this person who was writing about why Plato was wrong and she made some very good point in which the language and arguments make no sense and there really is no information there....   [tags: Philosophy, Plato, Ethics, Socrates]

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The Apology Of Socrates And The Republic Of Plato

- ... Even when we get the idea that he is trying to avoid a certain topic, Socrates always knows the right thing to say and the people around him never realize what he is actually doing. I feel like the whole book is proof of this; a conversation between Socrates and these young men about what justice is. He gives us the idea that he knows what justice is, but by the end of the book we never get a clear definition. Socrates clearly tells us what justice is not, but we never get a sense of what he thinks justice is....   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Apology, Athens]

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The Allegory Of The Cave By Plato

- ... In his words, “…the power to learn is present in everyone’s soul and that the instrument with which each learns is like an eye that cannot be turned around from the darkness to light without turning the whole body” (Plato 5). He is really saying you have to be willing to break free from what is hindering you and start turning your whole body and not just your head to see new ideas. You will never know if something in the world is better for you, if you are not willing to take in new ideas and be more open-minded....   [tags: Education, Teacher, Learning, Plato]

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Plato 's Theory Of Justice

- Plato who was a Greek philosopher and was the founder of the academy in Athens. Plato was Socrates student, but as education furthered, he began to form his own ideals. Plato’s Republic, translated from the New Standard Greek Text and an introduction by C.D.C. Reeve is the compilation of Plato’s teachings. An incredibly common concept that is discussed throughout the text is the idea of Justice and what it truly means to be just and to live a just life. Plato is asked to argue his definition of justice and explain why his definition is the correct one....   [tags: Plato, Soul, Justice, Platonism]

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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- In Republic book VII Plato explains his analogy of the cave (an analogy is a simple story that has metaphorical meaning). Plato uses the analogy to help describe his philosophical position on the main difference between the physical world and the World of Forms (WoF). He believes that his analogy could clearly explain to others why the physical or world of sense experience was nothing but an illusion; that true reality must be found in the eternal unchanging World of Forms. Plato’s analogy begins in a cave....   [tags: Mind, Reality, Epistemology, Plato]

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Censorship Of The Republic By Plato

- ... “At any rate, it ought to end where it has ended; for surely training in the musical crafts ought to end in a passion for beauty” (121). Plato believed that the arts should be banned from the society because people fight over beautiful things, art and music can be considered beautiful, and therefore people will fight over art and music. Even if this is true, this new city-state would be cultureless society. In the educational process of the youth, they would only learn the trade or job they will be doing for the rest of their life....   [tags: Plato, Knowledge, Democracy, Philosophy]

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Plato : Works And Contributions

- ... Even though many have been credited to him, “only thirty-six of his dialogues have been considered genuine by librarians and scholars “. (Taylor 11) Out of these works no other stand out as much as “The Republic”. The Republic, Plato’s most famous dialogue covers a lecture narrated by Socrates on the state of government in Greece. The dialogue covers two main questions, “What is the meaning of justice” and “Does Justice equal Happiness?” (Plato 20-21). These questions are elaborated on throughout the dialogue with several examples....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Socrates, Greece]

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Plato 's Attainment Of Virtues

- Plato: Attainment of Virtues Attaining virtue is something that most philosophers did during their time. Philosophers employed a variety of definitions in order to define many of the issues their students and associates faced at different times. Philosophers like Plato and Socrates employed a quality approach that was to develop virtue in the minds and souls of their associates. The attaining virtue is the core subject that was to define the social, economic and political lives of the people. For example, attaining virtue in political democracy lead to the death of Socrates in the dialogue....   [tags: Plato, Virtue, Ethics, Socrates]

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Aristotle and Plato's Views on Reality

- Aristotle and Plato were both great thinkers but their views on realty were different. Plato viewed realty as taking place in the mind but Aristotle viewed realty is tangible. Even though Aristotle termed reality as concrete, he stated that reality does not make sense or exist until the mind process it. Therefore truth is dependent upon a person’s mind and external factors. According to Aristotle, things are seen as taking course and will eventually come to a stop when potential is reached. The entire process of potential to actuality is call causation....   [tags: Aristotle, Plato, philosophy, ]

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Plato 's Theory Of Forms

- Socrates Plato, and Aristotle have had a huge influence on Philosophy is still incomparable, up to this day. From what I have learned in this course, I will explain how they have inspired, invented and even have changed many people’s view on life. One of Plato’s theories is his view on the universe, called Theory of Forms. According to Plato, we live in world that is constantly undertaking change. Plato says that nothing is ever permanent; people, animals and crops, and wildlife live and then die eventually....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Socrates, Aristotle]

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Honor in Plato, Sophocles, and Voltaire

- Plato writes of a philosophical man condemned to death in the court of law in The Trial and Death of Socrates. Socrates is punished for preaching of his gods and corrupting the youth of Athens. The next piece of work discussed is Antigone, written by Sophocles. Antigone is a young lady who feels it is her duty and obligation to defy Creon’s rule to properly bury her brother. Lastly, the text of Voltaire’s Candide displays how a man cannot find happiness even in the best of situations. Candide travels the world in the attempt to become a man of wealth and power and reunite with the love of his life....   [tags: plato, socrates, sophocles]

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Plato And Aristotle 's Philosophy

- Emmanuel Marsh Professor Wiener POL. SCI 204 During the fourth century BC, Athens two most influential thinkers of all time had emerged, Plato and Aristotle. Socrates, a great influential philosopher who influence his pupil such as Plato, through his teachings. Plato, then became the teacher of Aristotle, who although was a long term follower, found fault in Plato`s theories. In fact, Aristotle became a great critic of his teacher. Despite his criticism, Aristotle was influenced by Plato and in so their works are easily comparable, however, some aspect of their philosophy can be contradictive....   [tags: Philosophy, Plato, Truth, Logic]

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Plato 's Theory Of Justice

- In The Republic Plato constructs his argument through an analogy between a city and the soul on what justice means to him. The two main questions that drive the dialogue between philosophers are, “What is justice?” and “Is justice preferable to injustice?” Plato’s thesis of The Republic is that justice is about one’s inner harmony with the tripartite of the soul and this is seen through his analogy of the city. Instead of allowing equal value to each virtue, Plato makes the virtue of wisdom the most important, causing people who possess the other virtues seem less valuable....   [tags: Virtue, Plato, Justice, Ethics]

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Plato And The Modern World

- Plato, a philosopher born around 428 B.C.E, is held in high esteem for a few reasons, including being born into wealth and political power (Solomon pg 5). A product of ancient aristocracy, Plato descended from Codrus, a king of Athens, and Solon, a notable improver of the Athenian constitution. In addition to his family’s notoriety in their time, Plato created a famous Academy and produced a remarkable student scholar know as Aristotle. In the modern world, his ideas are credited as the foundation for widely held philosophical beliefs and political theory....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Soul, Socrates]

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Analysis Of Plato 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... While there are some obvious fallacies to those claims, they hold a modicum of truth for both that time period and our own. Anyone who thinks critically about the world and themselves will acquire some knowledge and wisdom upon their moment of reflection and deep thinking. The interesting thing about this is that a person does not have to be a philosopher to do this. All people that are born into this world are capable of deep thinking and in turn should be able to ponder the five questions of the world....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Knowledge, Homer]

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Plato 's Theory Of Recollection

- Plato Theory of Recollection suggest that the process of learning is just recalling events that happen before we were born. Plato believes all knowledge we have is immortal therefore the knowledge is always there all we have to do is recall that knowledge. This views of Plato could be considerably true due to the vast amounts of knowledge are brains are able to retain. If all those memories pre-existed then our brains could have infinite potential. Since our soul is believe to be non-physical meaning it cannot die then ones our body dies our soul will still continue to live on with all the information we have learned in that life time....   [tags: Soul, Plato, Immortality, Socrates]

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The Apology Of Plato 's Apology

- ... Once Socrates realized this truth, he began to infuriate many men. At his trial Socrates stated,”...I tried to explain to him that he thought himself wise, but was not really wise; and the consequence was that he hated me..I lamented and feared this: but necessity was laid upon me, the word of God, I thought, ought to be considered first” (Plato 5). Socrates clearly showed that he believed that he didn’t mean to make those enemies, it was just something that had happened along the way in his mission for his God....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Socrates, God]

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Analysis Of ' The Republic Of Plato '

- ... Polemarchus, Cephalus 's son interjects at Socrates claim. Calling him the “Heir of the argument” (331e) Socrates instigates with Polemarchus for further knowledge of his interpretation of justice while Cephalus is dissolved of the conversation. Socrates does not use a scientific method in his approach to test against such events that lead through his discussions with Polemarchus, Adeiamantus, or Glaucon in Books I-VI of The Republic, but attempts to build confidence within each party member that justice is truly good and should be practised even without conventional goods....   [tags: Plato, Soul, Lie, Justice]

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