Analysis Of Plato 's Republic And Aristotle 's Nicomachean Ethics Essay

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Upon application for university, hearts are heavy with the uncertainty for the future. An overwhelming hope to become the person we are meant to be. This journey, called university, provides the inverse; a worldly creation where past and future are intertwined. A place for discovery. A place of reflection. Leisure, sport and recreation are culpable in cultivating thyself in preparation for true reflection, whose telos is knowledge of thyself. This paper will explore this notion of the journey to true reflection through various historical and present day ideologies. Context will be provided via personal experiences of each phase, as the yellow brick road, leading up to reflection. Only then, true discoveries of thyself can be uncovered. Leisure, sport, and recreation provide the opportunity for growth of mind and body. Both Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics conceptualize this growth through games and sport. What is meant by “growth?” What is development in relation to the self? Once sufficiently developed, leisure, sport, recreation become agents for one to experience thyself in relation to others. Here, socio-spatial boundaries become other-dimensional and the self becomes a collection of photos. What does it mean to be an “individual?” What identity does the individual give to their “community?” Pat Power’s notions or creative play, Luc Robene and Dominique Bodin, among many philosophers, thoroughly explore this interconnectivity that distinguishes the

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