Plato And The Good Is Responsible For All Truth And Knowledge

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As Plato writes in the dialogue The Republic, the form of the good is responsible for all truth and knowledge in a society. Since Plato and his colleagues have been debating on how a city state should be ruled and the qualifications the ruler should possess, he begins to examine how the form of the good would be useful for a ruler’s education of the rational part of the soul. As Plato has previously stated, the rational part of the soul allows the mind to have knowledge and wisdom while trying to avoid ignorance. Plato offers the idea that the good is the most important type of study for the ruler as the good will enable truth and clear thought when making decisions and ruling people of the state. To explain his hypothesis, he delivers three eloquent analogies describing the good and how it holds all knowledge available.
The first analogy that Plato presents for his argument that rulers should study the form of the good is the description of the Sun. This picture analogy Plato is trying to create can be understood as two images separated by a line down the middle. One image shows the interpretation of the visible realm and the other demonstrating the intelligible realm. Plato thus creates parallel images so his colleagues participating in this discussion are able to understand the basic picture of the visible realm and how it can be easily related to the complex image of the intelligible realm. The first picture Plato creates shows the visible realm in which the sun is…

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