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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHL100Y1
Professor
Peter King
Semester
Fall

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Republic 5 Socrates entire argument is threatened with three of objections, which are detailed in Book 5: (i) The status of women and children, 449a–466d; (ii) Proper behavior in warfare, 466d–471c; (iii) How to bring the Feverish Society into existence, Professor King concentrates on the (i) and (iii). 1 objection: The status of women and children Women’s equality:  Women are to have exactly the same training as men if women are to occupy the same social roles as men (451d–453a).  Plato takes the radical view that women and men are equal in respect to the guardian clan  Women have the same nature as men do, thus a woman should do what she is best at; principle of specialization  The difference is that men are stronger and larger and women carry children and are weaker The Abolition of Marriage  There should be no marriage  The purposes of procreation should be based on eu
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