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Socrates and the City
A comparison of the way the city is viewed in Socrates's "Crito" and Plato's "The Republic".
# 49293 | 2,162 words | 0 sources | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 02, 2004 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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This paper explains how, in "The Republic", the city becomes not only a setting in which philosophy and human identity can be discussed, but also a metaphor for the very structure of human thought. It looks at the way Socrates views the city of Athens when he speaks of the fact that he has only very seldom left the city of his birth and that exile would be no better than death because either would separate him from Athens.

From the Paper:

"Plato's The Republic probably provides the best example of a Socratic dialogue in which the parallels between philosophy's relationship to the city and the mind's relationship to the active sensational body. In this work, Socrates is very explicit about this link, going so far as to suggest that it was only by picturing the internal struggle in an external political form that one could truly grasp at it and recognize truth. Indeed, throughout the ninth chapter of The Republic, Socrates continually poses questions based on a presupposition which states that man is like the State."

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