Philosophical Genesis: The Three Waves and the City-Soul Analogy in Republic v

Philosophical Genesis: The Three Waves and the City-Soul Analogy in Republic v 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? http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought Brill

Philosophical Genesis: The Three Waves and the City-Soul Analogy in Republic v

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0142-257x
eISSN
2051-2996
DOI
10.1163/20512996-12340145
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Abstract

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?

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Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political ThoughtBrill

Published: Apr 12, 2018

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