The Republic, By Plato

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This textual analysis will be based on the book “The Republic” by Plato, specifically the passage 475d-477a. The purpose of this essay is to analyze and evaluate the main concepts explored in the passage and their relation to the platonic political philosophy presented in “The Republic”. The essay will provide a summary of the passage, emphasizing the breakthroughs reached in the Socratic dialogue. The main points will then be singled out for a more in-depth review in order to see if the arguments made by Socrates stand solid. Three main concepts will be delved into in a chronological order, those being philosophers and imitators, perceptive reality and absolute knowledge, with the analysis of the true meaning, and the implications raised by the statements, followed by noting possible flaws within the arguments. Such structure allows us to clearly comprehend the arguments for a philosopher king at its simplest form and ensures the possibility to note any incongruities within. It gives us the ability to assess each cog of Plato’s thought and therefore determine if the whole argument continues to work when put back together.

It is necessary to firstly view the dialogue as a whole in order to understand how the concepts are interconnected and build on top of each other forming the case for a Philosopher King. Socrates states that true philosophers “are lovers of the vision of truth” (Reeve 2004), but not like a common artist that loves music, those people are just imitators.…

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