New answers tagged

1 vote

If Plato openly wrote his books about politics, did he not believe in the proposed Noble Lie policy?

A young mother who was friendly with the late Dr. Einstein wanted her child to become a scientist. She asked Dr. Einstein for his suggestions for the kind of reading the child might do in his school ...
Rushi's user avatar
  • 2,087
4 votes
Accepted

If Plato openly wrote his books about politics, did he not believe in the proposed Noble Lie policy?

I noticed that you mentioned parables in this context — and I don’t think a parable (a.k.a. allegory, a.k.a. metaphor) is meant to deceive. Rather, it’s the opposite — its purpose is to help the ...
Yuri Zavorotny's user avatar
1 vote

If Plato openly wrote his books about politics, did he not believe in the proposed Noble Lie policy?

In his work Republic Plato disccusses and designs a state according to his philosophical and political principles. The citizens of the polity are divided into three social classes, the reigning class, ...
Jo Wehler's user avatar
  • 28.6k
1 vote

How to use Stephanus numbers?

I would quote it as "Plt. 260d11-e1", but "Plt. 260d-e" is also OK.
Jo Wehler's user avatar
  • 28.6k
1 vote

Philosophy king and sage rule

The principles of philosophy -- to think clearly about thinking and reasoning, about morality, and about the connections between things, would be very useful in a "ruler". There is some ...
Dcleve's user avatar
  • 12.2k
1 vote

Philosophy king and sage rule

I dunno about Tao ways of doing or thinkin' on things. If there were individuals worthy of the title "philosopher king"... the last thing they would want is a crown to weight their head down ...
Alistair Riddoch's user avatar
1 vote

Philosophy king and sage rule

Mainly in his work “Republic” Plato published his opinion on politicial philosophy. Plato composes a political utopy where his teacher Socrates designs a state according to Plato’s philosophical ideas....
Jo Wehler's user avatar
  • 28.6k
1 vote

What did Plato and Plotinus mean by "beyond being?"

Plato, particularly in Plotinus' "neo-Platonic" interpretation, believes--or at least talks about--multiple levels of reality. Our ordinary, everyday life is an illusion, it's several levels ...
Chris Sunami's user avatar
  • 29.4k
2 votes

What did Plato and Plotinus mean by "beyond being?"

There is a similitude here: (508-509) "it is right to deem light and vision sunlike, but never to think that they are the sun, [in the same way] the idea of good [...] you must conceive it as ...
Mauro ALLEGRANZA's user avatar
3 votes

What did Plato and Plotinus mean by "beyond being?"

Here is the passage (Greek, English) quoted from Plato’s Republic (Emphasis J.W.) referring to "beyond being": καὶ τοῖς γιγνωσκομένοις τοίνυν μὴ μόνον τὸ γιγνώσκεσθαι φάναι ὑπὸ τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ ...
Jo Wehler's user avatar
  • 28.6k
2 votes

For Plato, what is a perfect circle?

Preliminaries In order to keep this conceptual and impersonal lets try to keep Plato — the person — out of it to the extent possible, beyond the key Platonic idea that applies here — the theory of ...
Rushi's user avatar
  • 2,087
2 votes

For Plato, what is a perfect circle?

You cannot see a perfect circle. Having in mind the idea of a perfect circle is not seeing it. Even if you can conjure up an image in your mind's eye, it won't be a perfect circle, in the sense that ...
Marco Ocram's user avatar
  • 18.6k
7 votes

For Plato, what is a perfect circle?

A perfect circle is an idea, hence an abstract entity which cannot be seen by our eyes but can be captured with our mind. Plato exemplifies the ascend from the world of concrete visible objects to the ...
Jo Wehler's user avatar
  • 28.6k

Top 50 recent answers are included