The Relationship between Teachers and Students in Plato's Republic Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Relationship between Teachers and Students in Plato's Republic
An analysis of Plato's "Republic" and how it relates to the student-teacher relationship.
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Published on Jan 21, 2011 in Education (Theory) , Literature (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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The paper analysis Plato's "Republic," concentrating on examining how Plato's views and ideas on the student-teacher relationship are expressed and come to the forefront within the work. Amongst the aspects that the paper explores in relation to the "Republic" are: the nature of education, the role of teachers, the relationship between teachers and students and others. The writer also looks at the relevance of Plato's educational ideas to our time.

From the Paper:

"Plato as the preeminent student of Socrates has described the world in his Republic as a prima facie example of error and the embodiment of evil due to lack of knowledge and poor education and planning. In the book, Socrates as the protagonist enters into a lengthy discussion with some fellow travelers about the creation of a perfect State and the key roles that education and philosophy will play in that State. Socrates believes that the only perfect State will be one in which the philosopher rules, or at the very minimum, guides the rulers. However, Socrates hypothesizes that mankind is unable to see the whole truth due to their inability to grasp philosophy and have become at odds with the philosophers as a result; which makes the reality of the ideal State an impossible goal. Socrates' discourse casts mankind in the role of student and true philosophers in the role of teachers whose teachings are rejected and ridiculed by their students, much to their own detriment.
"As a more specific example, in Book I, the tale of Socrates visiting with Cephalus casts Socrates in the role of student and Cephalus as teacher when Socrates asked the aged Cephalus about the truth of aging. Cephalus reports that while many of his peers complain of the good things in life having passed them by, he does not view it as so and that it is truly the result of their characters and tempers, that calm and happy men will barely notice the pressure of age, but men of contrary disposition feel the pressure of youth as well. Cephalus' response is the first of the theme that teachers are responsible for shaping their students' characters and that the students' entire outlook on life will be greatly affected by their teachings."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Plato. (360 BCE). The Republic. Jowett, B. (Trans.) Retrieved February 11, 2009 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Web site:

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