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Readers Are Just as Gifted as Writers

Writers don’t deserve the reverence we give to their creativity. The subconscious flow of language feeds writers no more than it does readers. They enjoy no special access to language that readers lack. 665 more words


Plato's Republic, Book IX: The Soul of the Tyrant

In Book IX, Socrates continues the discussion from Book VIII by completing the analysis of the particular character of the Tyrant. Recall in Book VIII, that Socrates outlined the formation of each regime in descending order: Timocracy – Oligarchy – Democracy – Tyranny. 618 more words

Great Books Project

Why Bother with Politics?

In The Republic, Plato imagines human beings chained for the duration of their lives in an underground cave, knowing nothing but darkness. Their gaze is confined to the cave wall, upon which shadows of the world are thrown.

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Detemporalising Athenian democracy: the case of Demopolis

Historical examples and analogies can be a problematic resource for political theorists. They illustrate and illuminate practices unfamiliar in the world of the present, making possible reforms easier to envisage – as the figure of the engaged citizen of classical Athens, sitting in the assembly and on jury courts, accountable to scrutiny by fellow citizens, and holding important offices by lot, does for proponents of increased participation in democratic life. 1,262 more words

Research Notes

Socrates on Wisdom

The great Greek philosopher, Socrates, left behind no writings. What we know of his teachings and sayings came to us via his students… in particular, Plato. 39 more words


Plato, The Republic: Book X

-The difference between beds in the world today and the idea of a bed, comes down to the living style that has become standard in western culture. 121 more words