The Apology Of Socrates And Republic Essay

859 Words Sep 30th, 2016 4 Pages
Philosophy For The State
In the Apology of Socrates and Republic, it is argued that philosophy is beneficial for the state. Advantageous can be considered an outcome that is profitable. A state is an area controlled by a ruler. Therefore, the question is whether philosophy is a reasonable method of ruling an area and in what ways. Taking the side of Socrates and his student Plato, I will show that philosophy is profitable for the state in the following ways with a focus on civilian’s behaviour: first, philosophy will make individuals wise; secondly, each individual will be treated fairly and lastly, by philosophy will reduce the amount of disagreements within a state.
A philosopher-king, by its literal definition would be a king that engages in the study of philosophy. Philosophy is an area of study that has its roots in knowledge. Hence, the philosopher-king is the ruler who will direct the state according to facts rather than misleading information. Therefore, a philosopher-king is one who is considered a lover of knowledge. Not only is he able to learn and understand the truth as it is but also embrace it. A philosopher-king, being the rightful spreader of knowledge, is able to teach his state what knowledge is (something that is based on facts and is provable). By introducing its roots, the philosopher-king is able to spread philosophy in the state little by little. Upon realizing the nature of philosophy, the human race, in this case, the civilians will begin to…

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