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  • Essay On Plato's Analogy Of The State

    the soul there is the part 'spirit ' that cares about honour, loyalty and courage. The group of people who really show a clear emphasize on this part in their soul become 'auxiliaries ' to assist the supreme ruler and to guard the state. At last the ideal ruler of the soul is 'rationality ', and similarly in the state the 'philosopher king ' ,who is the most capable of the job and the most caring of the people. The analogy works to define justice in a state, but fails to explain justice in an individual soul. Plato easily classified a just state as where 'each of the three classes performs its proper function and does its own job in the community ' . 'Well now, should each of them make what he produces publicly available for everyone? […] or should he […] look after his own affairs on his own? ' Adeimantus said, 'It looks as though the first alternative is simpler, Socrates. ' (Plato, Republic, 369d-370a) The extract first shows that Plato thought individualism or 'plurality ' is unnecessary. In another word, individuals should never be self-sufficient or independently inclusive. And this is an early hint on Plato 's view that the philosopher king should care for the whole society. As Baker argues, 'mutual exchange of services between rulers and the ruled supersede the individualism ' . Consequently, a truly just individual will dedicate himself to a specific platform or 'a station ' in the society according to his own ability . The story of elements in one 's…

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  • Philosopher King Asoka's Legacy

    The 2001 Bollywood film Asoka is a rendition of King Asoka Maurya’s legacy. Bindusara Asoka’s father is about to renounce the throne to his successor. In this depiction, Asoka is seen to be very skillful and fierce in martial arts. He leads his troops in battle and even though he and his men were outnumbered. Asoka comes home a hero, which angers his half-brother Susima who wants Asoka dead and there is press to be seated at their father’s throne. Susima had ordered to make Asoka battle with…

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  • Summary Of 'Philosopher-King' By Danielle Allen

    Danielle Allen explains why colleges, no matter if the base of the school is liberal or a vocational school, should share parts of the core values of those of a liberal college. Allen tells that humans need to have equality throughout their education, including the opportunity to express their opinions, ways to better understand the individual’s self and each person has the right to choose their own path to where they want to be in life. Allen brings in the ideas based upon Plato’s…

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  • The Definition Of Justice In Plato's Republic

    Justice in Plato's Republic In Plato’s The Republic, he unravels the definition of justice. Plato believed that a ruler could not be wholly just unless one was in a society that was also just. Plato did not believe in democracy, because it was democracy that killed Socrates, his beloved teacher who was a just man and a philosopher. He believed in Guardians, or philosophers/rulers that ruled the state. One must examine what it means for a state to be just and what it means for a…

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  • Plato Insist That Philosophers Must Be Kings Analysis

    Navarun Atraya, 20131778 1. Why does plato insist that philosophers must be kings? Discuss it in the context of the Socrates’ death. (10 points) Plato considered that knowledge is absolute power and that only the “best” should rule. Political rule should be the rule of knowledge. Plato’s definition of a philosopher-king was a king who would have a grasp of the true and enduring, would not fear death, would be fair-minded, gentle and sociable, brave, temperate, and would work to preserve the…

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  • David Abram's The Great Chain Of Being

    In this day and age, it is all too easy to view nature through the megapixels of a photo on an iPhone, or have over one hundred million images of any animal or plant appear in less than a second via Google Images. It is an astonishing accomplishment in technology, and its attributes to human welfare cannot be dismissed, but it does have its faults. Subsequently, these faults reflect concepts that philosophers have conferred for centuries. Many philosophers believe that technology, along with…

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  • The Worldly Philosophers By Robert L. Heilbroner

    Economic Revolution In the world of economics, the market system is one of three ways to protect a society from calamity, but it is also a symbol of change. The Worldly Philosophers by Robert L. Heilbroner explains how the world went through an economic revolution in order to have a working market system exist and “it…was not a peaceful evolution; it was an agonizing convulsion of society, a revolution.” (1) Heilbroner’s book The Worldly Philosophers also explains the paradigm shifts of past…

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  • Mary Wollstonecraft: Chapter 5 Analysis

    Intro: Women were never invisible in the Enlightenment, but their participation was constrained by gender (Carr 2014; 73) This essay will be an analysis of chapter 5 Animadversions of Some of the Writers Who Have Rendered Women Objects of Pity, Bordering on Contempt of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A vindication of the Rights of Woman. Chapter 5 is Wollstonecraft’s analysis and arguments against the opinions of Enlightenment philosophers surrounding the female character and education. Chapter 5 will…

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  • Comparison Of Socrates, Aristotle, And Diogenes Of Sinope

    If Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Diogenes of Sinope all have come into our time zone especially in America and saw the lifestyle we are living, they would all have different opinions on the way things turned out. Some things are good and some are bad, but for sure they would all be shocked of the modern society just like anyone would be to see a new world in front of them. It’s like us going to a new planet or waking up a few thousand years from now and having the same mentality. I will start…

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  • What Is The Tale Of Ophelia

    The Tale of Ophelia There was once a Kingdom in Denmark named Venlighed, meaning kindness. The kingdom was ruled by a fair King and Queen. One day, the King and Queen were blessed with a gift of a daughter, and they named her Ophelia. But something wasn’t quite right with Ophelia. She was born with a deathly illness, so the noble King and Queen asked for the most powerful fairy godmother in the Kingdom. “I do not have the power to cure the princess from her illness, but I can give her a gift to…

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