It is conventional to argue that the city-soul analogy of Plato’s Republic dominates Books ii through iv and viii through x but is absent in Books v through vii. We argue that the analogy remains operative in Books v through vii and that its role there, especially as it is played out in the motif of the three waves, illuminates its function in the dialogue as a whole, particularly with respect to the questions: What are the natural dispositions of soul necessary for philosophy? What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for philosophical education?
Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought – Brill
Published: Apr 12, 2018
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