Plato's Philosophy and Works

1915 Words Jan 31st, 2018 8 Pages
On the one hand, Plato stages a final showdown between philosophy and literature (or myth). On the other hand, the book concludes with the elaborate legend of Er's journey into the afterlife creating a determining myth factor. The prompt invites one to make sense of this contradiction. What is the point of the final myth? What does Plato manage to convey through it that he wasn't able to show or persuade with the philosophical arguments and theory of Books 2-9? You are free to argue pro or contra the relevance of the last chapter to the overall theme of the work. Book X of Plato's Republic seems like an abrupt path to take from Books 2-9. Its content serves multiple purposes: to conclude, clarify, and convey Plato's ideas to his audience. Because of the loose ends abundantly present in Books 1-9, Plato should conclude the Republic with Book 10 by addressing poetry in education and which type of good is justice. By addressing both of these topics, Plato is also summarizing his arguments and emphasizing the most important components to his ideal city. Plato attempts to clarify the loose ends present in the Republic in order. The first loose end present is in Book 3: poetry's various roles in education. To make a note, Plato considers education to be the most important foundation for his philosopher king and city. If education is skewed by what Plato considers "bad imitation" then Plato's city and roles…
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