POL200Y1 Lecture : Plato - the cave

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14 Mar 2011
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Socrates doesn"t deny that there are true philosophers, but each one had a story. They are born with everything, but give it all up for philosophy. Justice was defined as someone who minds his own business. The philosopher is someone who minds his own business by remaining aloof from the city. Philosophers are sane, but cannot act or persuade others. Socrates say that philosophers are the condition of such a regime, but now says that such a regime is a condition of philosopher. This is circular logic, therefore it is impossible. Adiamentis wants to believe that a city with the rule of philosophers is possible. Socrates alludes that the philosopher himself wouldn"t be able to persuade the gods. A philosopher would wish to devote his entire life to philosophising. I t becomes a distraction for a good warrior but not a distraction in the sense of. The education of the philosopher ruler is different from anyone else"s.

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