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Five Characteristics Of Platos Philosopher King

then parallel it to the concept of individual justice. Before he can prove that justice is a good thing, Plato must first state its definition, by showing justice in its perfect form in order to discover the true essence of it. Therefore, Socrates claims that the only way to have a perfect state is if the state has a perfect leader, thus he introduces the concept of the philosopher-king. Plato identifies political justice as harmony in a structured political body. An ideal state consists of three...

Epistemology, Ethics, Logic 1215  Words | 4  Pages

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It Is Better to Be Ruled by a Philosopher King

for that one to be ruled by a philosopher-king; however, if one’s main goal in life is to live happily and securely without worries, then it is arguably better for that one to be ruled by a prince. One should, however, seek to perfect one’s soul rather than seek for happiness and security alone, hence, it is better to be ruled by a philosopher-king. This paper will first lay out the reasons why one should be governed by either a Machiavellian prince or a philosopher-king, and point out that the different...

Anti-Machiavel, Machiavellianism, Niccolò Machiavelli 1860  Words | 6  Pages

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Confucius And Plato

Confucius and Plato Confucius and Plato were two of the most respected and widely known thinkers. There philosophies of how people should be governed, what characteristics make for a good leader, and other thoughts have influenced many aspects of the ancient and present world. Confucius and Plato’s ideas have benefited their own civilizations and later civilizations, and they both shared many similarities and differences in their ideas. First, Confucius, a Chinese thinker and the founder of Confucianism...

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The Greek Philosopher Plato

The Greek Philosopher Plato Plato was born in 429 B.C.E. and died in 347 B.C.E. he was one of the classical Greek philosopher who was also mathematician. He was one of the most dazzling writers in the Western literary tradition one of the most penetrating, wide-ranging, and influential authors in the history of philosophy, Kraut (2004). Plato travel for many years studying under his teacher Socrates learning from him. He wrote dialogues between Socrates and the other explores who traveled with...

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1. Introduction In this essay in is a discussion about based on philosopher and which group of people Plato thinks should be ruling and why. The essay will start off with clarifying key concepts, for example what is a philosopher because it is much easier to understand the easy when one understands the key terms in it, terms that will appear throughout the essay itself. Then Plato’s theory will then be analysed in more detail and it is also of great importance that one also talks about Plato’s...

Ethics, Justice, Logic 1546  Words | 4  Pages

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A Comparison of the True Philosopher Kings

comparison of the true Philosopher kings | | Joseph Roszhart | California State University at Northridge | 11/10/2012 | So many way and myriad of themes to compare Plato’s Republic and Hobbes Leviathan; one of the most striking points to be made is that the share philosophical similarities once you get passed their differences. Most of us can agree that they share the same thought of that a government is essential and that humans can be destructive; but these philosophers differ on how...

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Why Does Plato Argue That Rulers Must Be Philosophers?

Why does Plato argue that rulers must be philosophers? Word Count: 2147 Philosophers love all truth, and hate untruth” (Plato. The Republic). This is the primary remise, upon which Plato basis his entire theorem of the philosopher King, and the justification for their ascension to power. A recurrent theme within The Republic is the exploration by Plato into what is the ideal society? Is it merely an abstract impossible concept, or is there an ideal method of how to organise ourselves into human...

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kings philosophy

critically evaluate platos justification of rule by philosopher kings. First the essay will try and stress how plato understood the way the state has to be governed in conjunction with philosophy. In Platos most famous work Republic he puts forward the view that only the study of philosophy would allow man to see what was good and just. Therefore to cure the ills of society it would be necessary to either make kings philosophers or make philosophers kings. I intend to show how Plato justifies this view...

Aristotle, Epistemology, Philosophy 1910  Words | 5  Pages

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Plato and Aristotle’s Forms of Government

Plato and Aristotle’s Forms of Government Throughout history, the idea of government has always been altered, discussed, and argued due to the many variation philosophers have created. Plato, a well- known philosopher is known for his book The Republic in which he discusses politics and the way society should run in order to achieve a just society. Plato was born into a aristocratic and dominant family. He lived from 428 B.C to 48 B.C. (Dale 22). Throughout his life, Plato never ceased to expand...

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There were many great philosophers who have contributed in making philosophy what it is today, one of them being Plato. In addition to being an outstanding philosopher, he was also a mathematician and a writer. One of Plato’s biggest inspirations was his very own teacher Socrates. Socrates never wrote down a word of what he said, but thankfully Plato was able to record it all down for him and wrote many dialogues about Socrates words and teachings. One of Plato’s most famous works was his dialogue...

Aristotle, Belief, Epistemology 1686  Words | 5  Pages

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Aristolte Plato Social Contract

Connor Sonksen Connorsonksen1@gmail.com Topic #2 Dr. Graff HON171 11/02/2012 Social Contracts and Responsibility The best and brightest of history’s philosophers have dedicated great amounts of time to describing the best forms of social and political organization with the hope of discovering the best way of life for humanity. Aristotle and Plato are certainly no exception. The teacher and the student, defined by each other’s works, have taken historical and groundbreaking positions that have greatly...

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Historic Philosophers

of great philosophers in the world, modern and ancient. In Ancient Greece there were many philosophers. Some of these philosophers are Parmenides, Anaxagoras, Pythagoras and Heraclitus to name a few. These philosophers are known as the Pre Socratic philosophers beginning in the sixth Century BC. There are known as this because they came before Socrates and it is said that ancient Greek philosophy should be organized around Socrates and Plato. But the three main ancient Greek philosophers were Socrates...

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Tearra Daniel Philosophy 1030 Plato 2/20/2013 Plato was a well-known wrestler, and the name by which we know him today was his ring name. Plato means broad or flat: presumably in this case the former meaning, referring to his shoulder. At his birth in 429 B.C. Plato was given the name Aristocles. He was born in Athens, or on the island of Aegina, which lies just twelve miles offshores from Athens in the Saronic Gulf. Plato was born into one of the great political families of Athens. His...

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Comparing Aristotle and Plato

Connor High Classical Political Thought 12/15/10 Examining Plato and Aristotle’s Political Regimes Structures Plato and Aristotle both understood the importance of wisdom and virtue in founding a good regime. In their writings, they suggest the effect they felt a ruler had on a regime and vice versa. Where Plato saw a linear slope of five increasingly misguided and degenerating regimes, Aristotle saw six regimes: three true and three corrupt. Each regime has a ruling political good. This...

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Aristotle vs Plato

beliefs have similarities mainly evident in their denouncement of democracy for the state. The views of Socrates expressed and written by his pupil Plato are vastly philosophical in nature and he promotes the idea of questioning life to achieve insight. The philosophers who possess the absolute truth are the best equipped to rule society according to Plato and his Allegory of the Cave. Conversely, Aristotle takes a more political science approach of discussing and analyzing various constitutions to...

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PLato and Education

Plato and Education by Sultan Muhammad Plato was the earliest most important Greek Philosopher and educational thinker. Plato thinks education as a key for a society and he stress on education, for this purpose he want to go to the extreme level even removing children from their mothers and rise them by the state, he want to identify the skills of the children and give them proper education for that particular skill which they have so they could be become a suitable member of the society and...

Education, Educational philosophy, Ethics 1813  Words | 6  Pages

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The Wannabe Philosopher King

The Wannabe Philosopher King Plato’s Republic begins with a debate on the subject of morality. One by one, Cephalus, Polymarchus, and Thrasymachus put forth their definitions of morality and one by one, they come up short. None survive the merciless scrutiny of the author’s mentor, Socrates. The first moral precept is introduced by Cephalus. This old but wealthy businessman offers a definition that Socrates eventually exposes to be far too narrow, and far too influenced by his own trade to...

Ethics, Moral, Morality 772  Words | 3  Pages

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Differences between Plato and Aristotle

The current understanding of knowledge and the universe by man today stems from many centuries ago when philosophers attempted to understand the seemingly chaotic world around them. The Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle are responsible for some of these major early discoveries and are a big reason as to where we are today due to their endeavors to understand various philosophical topics. In this essay, I am going to explain Plato’s views on knowledge and science, Aristotle’s views on change...

Aristotle, Epistemology, Nature 2492  Words | 6  Pages

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Philosopher King

1. Who is the Philosopher King - the ideal rulers, philosophers who become kings 2. Why is he the ideal ruler – Plato believes the PK is the ideal ruler because they will govern with virtue and justice with no hidden agenda, the PK loves learning, knowledge, truth 3. Why should he be compelled to rule – because a true philosopher will love the pursuit of truth, will be indifferent to the pleasures of the body, will not be interested in money, will not think human life is anything of great importance...

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Justice in Plato

Speaking through his teacher Socrates, Plato attempts to answer these questions in the Republic. In book I Thrasymachus, a rival of Socrates makes the claim that justice is nothing but the advantage of the stronger. It does not pay to be just because those who behave unjustly naturally gain power and become the rulers of society. Justice is what unjust rulers say is right through the rules that they make. It is injustice that is the source of happiness#. Plato sets out to disprove Thrasymachus' argument...

Justice, Logic, Philosophy 2034  Words | 5  Pages

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Machiavelli Plato Rebuplic Prince Comparison

Haþim Cihan Demirköprülü, 20303433 Essay Question: Compare the Characteristics of the true guardians, as described by Plato (Republic, bk VII, pp.158 – 61, 484b – 487e) with the characteristics of the rulers, as described by Machiavelli (The Prince, ch.15, pp. 47 – 49 and ch. 18, pp.54f). What is the most important difference between the two accounts? In your view, which account is better, and why? For centuries, every ruler created their own principles and rules and somehow...

Justice, Leo Strauss, Niccolò Machiavelli 1425  Words | 4  Pages

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Plato (/ˈpleɪtoʊ/;[1] Greek: Πλάτων, Plátōn, "broad";[2] 428/427 or 424/423 BCE[a] – 348/347 BCE) was a philosopher, as well as mathematician, in Classical Greece, and an influential figure in philosophy, central in Western philosophy. He was Socrates' student, and founded the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with Socrates and his most famous student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.[3] Alfred...

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Plato vs Locke

analyzing the works of Plato and John Locke I feel that Plato presents a more accurate idealism in how a society should be maintained. Plato puts ultimate power in those with the highest knowledge. I feel that this concept is necessary in order to have a successful regime, thus I support in my argument. Plato's theory hand picks guardians to become Philosopher Kings. These kings are those with "Gold" Souls, and in fact do not wish to become such a hierarchal figure. Plato chooses Guardians who do...

Epistemology, Immanuel Kant, Knowledge 1948  Words | 5  Pages

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Philosophy of Plato

By studying Plato’s views on the soul, virtues, and forms, one can understand his outlooks on the individual and natural purpose, or telos. Plato had a teleological worldview, so he believed everything in nature had an end, or purpose. In his famous Allegory of the Cave, along with the Sun and Line analogies, Plato outlines the spiritual and intellectual journey of a human from ignorance into goodness and knowledge, which symbolizes a human reaching his or her purpose. This essay will evaluate Plato’s...

Cardinal virtues, Epistemology, Ethics 1429  Words | 4  Pages

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Critical Analysis of Plato and Aristotle


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Was Plato a totalitarian

some person or persons and fostered by institutional means in order to direct all aspects of private and public life2 that are significant to politics. With this definition in mind, this essay will put forward an argument in favour of the notion that Plato was a totalitarian, evident in his conception of the kallipolis which drives forward a totalitarian and utopian dream for a ‘natural class rule of the wise few over the ignorant many’3. On the contrary, a literary reading of Plato’s Republic could...

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an expression of character whereby the poet (using dialogue) and the actor (in a dramatic presentation) imitate a character. Furthermore, where that imitated character has undesirable traits, the imitation is to be avoided. And later, in Book X, Plato claims that most poetry of necessity contains evil men (in order to produce interest and pleasure), and this too forms a basis for a wide-ranging condemnation of poetry. That imitation has harmful effects is a complex matter; Plato’s argument rests...

Aristotle, Epistemology, Imitation 1018  Words | 3  Pages

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Characteristics Of King Oedipus

Characteristics of King Oedipus             At the beginning of Oedipus the King, Oedipus is hugely confident, and with good reason. He has saved Thebes from the curse of the Sphinx and become king virtually overnight. He proclaims his name proudly as though it were itself a healing charm: “Here I am myself— / you all know me, the world knows my fame: / I am Oedipus” (7–9).  Also, we see that these qualities make him an excellent ruler who anticipates his subjects’ needs. When the citizens of Thebes...

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Plato Essay

(Why does he think that there must be Forms? Hint: Plato says (in effect): “Since knowledge is certain, therefore the objects of knowledge must be unchanging.”). b) Define Plato’s Forms and present the theory of Forms by explaining the “divided line.” (You can use the visual image, but explain it.) Plato was extremely devoted in answering the sophists’ skepticism about reason and morality. To do so, he spent more time than any philosopher before him studying knowledge, or epistemology. He...

Aristotle, Epistemology, Parmenides 2049  Words | 6  Pages

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Plato and Aristotle

Plato and Aristotle Plato and Aristotle were two philosophers who made an impact on philosophy as we know it as today. Plato is thought of as the first political philosopher and Aristotle as the first metaphysical philosopher. They were both great intellectuals in regards to being the first of the great western philosophers. Plato and Aristotle each had ideas in how to better life by improving the societies in which they were part of during their lives. The views of Plato and Aristotle look different...

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Plato and Aristotle Private Property and The Ability to Rule

that have been as influential as the ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle. Aristotle was even a student of Plato’s, having studied under him for over 20 years. However, both men still held opposing views when it came to certain views about how the state should be ruled. One such view was on the ability to own private property and the ability to rule. Plato’s, The Republic and Aristotle’s, the Politics of Aristotle illustrates both philosophers’ ideal states of regime. It is also where we get...

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A Life Sketch of Plato and His Works

If Thales was the first of all the great Greek philosophers, Plato must remain the best known of all the Greeks. The original name of this Athenian aristocrat was Aristiclis, but in his school days he received the nickname "Platon" (meaning "broad") because of his broad shoulders. Plato was born in Athens, Greece to one of the oldest and most distinguished families in the city. He lived with his mother, Perictione, and his father, Ariston (Until Ariston died.) Born in an aristocratic and rich...

Aristotle, Philosophy, Plato 899  Words | 3  Pages

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Aristotle the Great Philosopher

Great Philosopher: Aristotle Great Philosopher: Aristotle Marissa Stauffer Alvernia University Great Philosopher: Aristotle Marissa Stauffer Alvernia University Philosophy 105(Tuesday, Thursday) Professor Davidson December 4, 2012 Philosophy 105(Tuesday, Thursday) Professor Davidson December 4, 2012 Aristotle the Great Philosopher Aristotle was one of the most profound philosophers of all time. He was a pupil of Plato; he adapted many of Plato’s concepts into his own....

Aristotelian ethics, Aristotle, Ethics 1349  Words | 4  Pages

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Aristotle vs. Plato

Greece, Aristotle’s father was a court physician to the king of Macedon where Aristotle himself would be requested by King Philip II to tutor his son Alexander (who grew up to become “Alexander the Great”). Aristotle, one of the most influential thinkers in philosophy including political theory is also known as the legendary Greek philosopher, logician, scientist, and student of Plato. Aristotle studied in Plato's Academy in Athens. Plato being the student of Socrates and also known as the father...

Aristotle, Logic, Philosophy 1267  Words | 6  Pages

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Plato vs. Machiavelli

differ immensely and the foundation for these differences can be found in their distinctive views regarding human nature. Once this is assessed the picture that each man paints of their ideal ruler or founder becomes much clearer. Plato promotes the concept of philosopher-kings who rule over his imagined Utopian society, while Machiavelli endorses a ruthless and at times amoral prince whose primary objective is the preservation of the state. Plato’s view of human nature can be seen when considering...

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Wisdom and Ignorance Are They Synonyms? In The Apology, by Plato, Socrates explains who he is and what kind of life he lived; he also identified himself with being wise and having a gift of wisdom. The title though is a bit misleading; it is not to be confused with "apologizing" or "being sorry" for one's actions. It is, Socrates attempt to defend himself and his conduct--certainly not to apologize for it. Socrates used different images or ways to describe wisdom, and that came off as being ignorant...

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Research Paper on Plato

Abstract Many Philosophers made a difference in society but Plato is perhaps recognized as the most famous. His writings have had a profound effect on people, politics, and the philosophy throughout the centuries. He was a public figure and he made major contributions to society. Plato helped to lay the philosophical foundations of modern culture through his ideas and writings. One of the most philosophical thinkers of Western civilization, Plato is the only author from ancient Greek times...

Aristotle, Epistemology, Neoplatonism 1868  Words | 6  Pages

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Plato: Impact on Christianity

Drafty Plato was born in 427 BC in Athens, Greece. He was born into a wealthy and aristocratic family with a political background. Plato's father claimed he was a descendent of Codrus, the last king of Athens; on his mother's side he was related to a Greek lawmaker by the name of Solon. Plato's father died when he was still young and the rest of his childhood was spent with his mother and her new husband Pyrilampes, an Athenian politician. Although Plato had many political influences in his...

Aristotle, Epistemology, Knowledge 1066  Words | 3  Pages

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Plato: "The Good"

“The Good” Plato Midterm Paper Plato was one of the most prominent Greek philosophers, influencing the very core of philosophy for years to come. His early analysis of society and its values began the quest for answers to questions of existence and awareness. In “The Republic,” Plato explains the concept of Forms and Ideas while also inquiring on both justice within a person and what exactly makes a person ‘just.’ Plato argued that the human soul innately searched for the Form of Good which could...

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platos theory of justice

sense of what justice is. Plato offers two main analogies to examine the definition of justice. The division of parts in the soul as well as the parts of the state; We would now examine the structure of the soul. The soul is divided into three parts, the appetitive, spirited and the rational.  By the account of the parts of the soul we are shown how a soul has different wills, yet in order for a soul to stay in the just path it must have some sort of hierarchy. Plato describes the spirited part...

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Plato- Intro to Philosophy

Plato, or Aristocles as is his real name, was one of the most influential thinkers of history. Plato set up a school called the Academy in Athens in 387 BC. He wrote down his ideas in the form of dialogues, or discussions between people. The dialogues explain Plato's metaphysics or ideas on subjects such as politics, law, science, education, art, and the nature of knowledge. One of the best known dialogues is The Republic, in which Plato describes his idea of an ideal, or perfect, government. All...

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Plato and Aristotle Similarities and Differences

What factors, for Plato and Aristotle, were critical in the construction of a state? Before one examines the construction of the State in the eyes of two famous classical thinkers, one must first understand what a State is. A State can be defined as a group of people settled in a specific geographical location where, through interdependency and order, a livelihood can be achieved. Plato and Aristotle, both great philosophers, contributed to the world of politics today, their views and ideas on what...

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Plato Aristotle Comparison

subject of most philosophers; a quick definition for justice could be the quality of being fair and reasonable. A lot of philosophers have written on this subject and have had debates. Two of the most significant ones are Plato and Aristotle, who are two leading figures of ancient Greek civilization and both thought about justice and established theories about the aspects of being just. Plato was a student of Socrates, and Aristotle was a student of Plato. Aristotle studied under Plato and remained...

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Plato v Socrates regards to Family

 Philosophers are some of the most influential people in our world’s history. Aristotle and Plato are two of the more significant, and we can see their teachings and philosophies throughout society today. The views that they have in regards to the role of family and how that role is played out in their respective views of government differ. We will explore what these differences are and why my views side with Aristotle. “The family is an association established by nature for the supply of men’s...

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Aristotle and Plato Compared

state according to Aristotle is one that is not ruled by philosopher kings. This main feature of rulership is what distances Aristotle from Plato. Is it natural for there to be a group of philosophers ruling? Is it natural that these philosophers must be removed from private life? These are the questions Aristotle deals with in the second book of The Politics. In his book, Aristotle also details the role of women, slaves and foreigners. Plato would definitely be upset with his student Aristotle because...

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Romantic Philosophers

of mind, Romanticism gave importance to heart, so literature was considered as the product of human heart. The catch terms in the romanticism were passion, emotion, feelings, yearning, dream, fantasy, etc.      Similarly, romantic writers and philosophers rejected the city life and accepted the rustic countryside natural human life. As the romantic writers were influenced by Rousseau, slogan 'back to nature', they adopted natural life as the subject matter of their study. Similarly, they have also...

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Plato Defends Rationalism

Plato Defends Rationalism Plato was a highly educated Athenian Philosopher. He lived from 428-348 B.C. Plato spent the early portion of his life as a disciple to Socrates, which undoubtedly helped shape his philosophical theories. One topic that he explored was epistemology. Epistemology is the area of philosophy that deals with questions concerning knowledge, and that considers various theories of knowledge (Lawhead 52). Plato had extremely distinct rationalistic viewpoints. Rationalism...

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The Paradox of Women: Plato and Aristotle

The Paradox of Women There is an underlying paradox that exists between Plato's and Aristotle's writings pertaining to women. This contradiction between the writings asks the question of why was it acceptable for Plato to take the approach of making women and men equal and why Aristotle saw women as being inferior to men. This paper hopes to examine this inconsistency by not only examining each of Aristotle and Plato's respective views but also through interpretation of the Greek society that...

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Plato and Justice with Today's Perception

Plato's Theory of Justice Plato's Justice for individuals and states, and the rule of law. In the Republic, Plato posits that justice is preferable to injustice. Thrasymachus claims that injustice without recourse or consequence is the most rewarding experience. Glaucon adds the analogy of the ring of Gyges, and Adeimantus describes how appearance is often more important than reality. Plato is then faced with the rebuttal of their arguments. To illuminate his logic, he utilizes several interrelated...

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Plato and Aristotle: a Comparison

Comparing the political theories of any two great philosophers is a complex task. Plato and Aristotle are two such philosophers who had ideas of how to improve existing societies during their individual lifetimes. While both Plato and Aristotle were great thinkers, perhaps it is necessary first to examine the ideas of each before showing how one has laid the groundwork and developed certain themes for the other. Plato is regarded by many experts as the first writer of political philosophy. ...

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Platos Influence in Western Culture

Plato (429-347 B.C.E) is seen by many as one of the greatest philosophers of the classical period, if not of all time. Coming from a wealthy Athenian family it is the belief that he followed and further developed philosophy from his mentor Socrates. His first works are seen as the most trust-worthy accounts of Socrates life, and after his death Plato would continue to develop Socrates works with the help from Plato’s most famous student, Aristotle. During this time Plato would develop his most famous...

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Plato Thought on Education

Question 4: What are Plato thoughts on Education and the State? “The perfect society will occur only when kings become philosophers or philosophers are made kings.”(Plato) “The object of education is to turn the eye which the soul already possesses to the light. The whole function of education is not to put knowledge into the soul, but to bring out the best things that are latent in the soul, and to do so by directing it to the right objects. The problem of education, then, is to give it...

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on. Later on in “The Lesson” they were still looking at the toys from outside the store when something caught their eye that was so magnificent. a sailboat, which was handcrafted, and made of fiberglass set to sell at a price of one thousand ninety-five dollars. Then the kids started to realize and understand the value of money and education, especially Sugar. So the sailboat represents a better life for the kids like the light. Of course, Sylvia ignores it and tries to persuade others into that the...

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Platos Republic

truth of justice, if Socrates were able to find the relationship between the soul and city in his "ideal city" then he would have the true meaning of justice. We saw from the reading how he broke down the city's parts and also the soul. According to Plato, Socrates broke down the perfect city into four parts; each part is tied to a specific virtue that he believes will help define justice. The first three virtues are wisdom, courage, and moderation. Wisdom is the whole knowledge, which describes the...

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Plato Apology

argument” (Plato 18b-c). Moreover, Meletus, who is one of recent accusers, charges Socrates of “[corrupting] the young and not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in new spiritual things” (Plato 24c). The dialogue between Socrates and the jury as well as Meletus describes the true personality of Socrates and answers the question if Socrates is guilty or innocent of those charges. First, Socrates is accused of studying “things in the sky and things below the earth” (Plato 23d). In...

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Plato and Individual Liberty

being governed, and because of this, very few bother to inquire about its effectiveness and whether or not it is really the most adequate system of government. A dictatorship, or the system of guardianship that Plato proposed, is greatly frowned upon by many and is often overlooked. Plato, being an anti-democratic, has challenged democracy and has suggested that a democracy would not be the best government for a state. One way he proves this is through the notion of craft analogy. This is a very...

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Kings and Philosophers: Great Influences on Abrahamic Religion

Kings and Philosophers: Great Influences on Abrahamic Religion Brian Benavidez Philosophy 160 Dr. Jonathan Seidel December 8, 2010 Every major school of thought has its authors, its influencers, and its divine chosen, if you will. These men and women influence everything from macro economics and political science to the physical sciences of the known universe. Without the contribution of these grand individuals, academics would be destined to their origins, they would cease to develop and...

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alien type. - Plato, Republic 497 c I. Introduction In the sixth book of the Republic, Plato describes a philosophic soul as an exotic seed planted in strange soil. Because the soil is foreign to the seed, its growth is stunted, if not overwhelmed, by the forces alien to its nature. The context of this simile is not lost; this is a description of the societal and educational programs of his day and a noting of their inadequacy for cultivating philosophic souls. Nearly twenty-five centuries...

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The Human Function in Plato and Aristotle

THE HUMAN FUNCTION IN PLATO AND ARISTOTLE Plato and Aristotle have similar perspectives about human function. They also share some of their ideas about how human function is related to other philosophical notions such as virtue, good, justice, and the soul. According to Aristotle the chief good (and the human function, which has its end in itself) is happiness. But his definition of happiness is different from what ordinary people usually think. Happiness is neither pleasure nor wealth, nor is...

Aristotle, Ethics, Happiness 1965  Words | 5  Pages

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Plato on Justice

Plato's interpretation of justice as seen in ‘The Republic' is a vastly different one when compared to what we and even the philosophers of his own time are accustomed to. Plato would say justice is the act of carrying out one's duties as he is fitted with. Moreover, if one's duties require one to lie or commit something else that is not traditionally viewed along with justice; that too is considered just by Plato's accounts in ‘The Republic.' I believe Plato's account of justice, and his likely...

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