Plato's Tripartite Theory Of The Soul Analysis

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In today’s society technology has become apart of everyday life. Although whether or not this is considered a good or bad thing is still undefined. People have almost become reliant on technology for everything. This reliance encourages laziness and represses critical thinking skills. With the ability to access so many answers to almost all questions - in the span of mere seconds - provides instant gratification that overrides the want to think about things critically. Plato’s Tripartite Theory of the Soul, which states that the soul is composed of three parts; reason, spirit, and appetite. Reason being the strongest and least emotionally driven, appetite is the opposite.(Philosophy: Q & T, pg 34) Using this theory expresses the appetite overpowering …show more content…
The instant gratification allows the appetite part of the soul to become stronger. Thus causing its desires to overpower reason. Individuals are aware that constantly searching for an answer, rather than coming up with one, diminishes the ability to think critically; to use reason, but it does not stop them from doing so. Students who grew up with technology in comparison to students who did not are more inclined to Google search an answer for everything. Rather than try and come to a conclusion using what they have been taught already and just using the internet as a tool to improve their learning they treat it as an item to replace their knowledge. A child in Grade 5, for example, during this current era is more likely to search up the answers to their multiplication problems. Despite being taught in class how to do so and how to recognize patterns that would allow them to solve the question …show more content…
Gottfried explains how everything has a cause or reason, within his principle of sufficient reasoning (Minifie, 3.1). Technology has almost manipulated people into ignoring this idea of questioning what we are given, in order to try and find out if it is truly a concrete answer. Such as a research scientist looking for information but they do not bother to double check their resources, they just assume because they have used Google Scholar it’s bound to be correct. They don’t reference previous research they have done or reached out towards predecessors or someone else in a senior position.
According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, once the needs of each stage are met, people can move on to meet the next set of needs, with this growing dependence on technology in order to come to conclusions it limits people to the cognitive stage (Minifie 1.3). They believe that they are acquiring knowledge and bettering themselves, but are really just preventing themselves from reaching their full potential. Stopping themselves from becoming a transcendent being, the highest level in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, because they are losing the ability to think for themselves, to be independent with their

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