Republic Seven Socrates Education Analysis

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Through the allegory of the cave in Republic Seven, Socrates demonstrated that the goal of education is to drag the man as far outside of the cave as possible. This allows the man to distinguish the different stages on the divided line. In the Republic Seven Socrates states, “… education is not what some people boastfully declare it to be. They presumably say they can put knowledge into souls that lack it. As if they could put sight into blind eyes.” (Republic Seven Pg. 209, 518b). This shows that education shouldn’t just be putting knowledge into the soul, but at the soul turning into right desires. The main point of the metaphor given by Socrates is to explain that there are many ways to interpret things and each have its own meaning behind it. Like in the …show more content…
In the Euthyphro, Socrates says “So we must examine again from the beginning what the pious is, since I won’t willingly give up until I learn this.” (Euthyphro Pg. 62, 15d). Socrates, the teacher, is asking Euthyphro, the student, to teach him. This allows for a better understanding for Euthyphro. As for the speech that was given during his trial, Socrates was by no means giving an apology. He was using this outlet to express his wisdom and his ignorance. He also took the opportunity to interrogate those who thought were wise. From this he concluded, he truly is the wisest because he does not think he knows what he does no know. He notices that those who thought were wise in their own field also thought highly of themselves in many other fields and this goes against Socrates belief in education. It’s not just about giving out information, but also having a full grasp of the idea and being able to recite it repeatedly. This is how Socrates was able to demonstrate his knowledge on the concept of education through the Apology and the Euthyphro.

In the first book of the Ethics, Aristotle mentions that “one swallow does not make a spring.” This means that a

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