Platonic Reflections : An Expository Of Three Main Ideas Of Plato 's Republic

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Platonic Reflections:
(An expository of three main ideas of Plato’s Republic)
What is justice? What is right? What is wrong? Is there even a difference? Plato explores these question is his Republic. He explores it through his mentor, Socrates; he presents “elaborate theories, sometimes expressed by Socrates, who is by far the most common main character,” says Alexander Nehamas, in his book Virtues of Authenticity (Nehamas). In Republic, Socrates begins conversing with Polermarchus, Cephalus, Glaucon, Thrasymachus, and Adeimantus. The question arises “What is justice?” Socrates lets his companions attempt to answer this question. He refutes all of their answers, and completely silences Thrasymachus. Glaucon then asks him to define justices. Throughout the next several books Socrates begins to do just that. He says in order to do this he must first describe the ideal group, or “republic”, and then relate it back to individual. The Republic then goes on to touch on many concepts and ideas, but three main ideas rise from the rest: education, principle of specialization, and the relation between society and individual, the answer to “what is justice?”
Our first major point in Republic is the discussion of education. Socrates defines education as the selection and deselection of information. This selection and deselection can be random, or intentional. This means parents can carefully choose what to expose kids too, and what not to expose them to. This process of education begins…

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