PHIL105_Paper On Alcibiades

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Name 1 PHIL 105 – 004 Professor 20 January 2014 Alcibiades I At one point in Alcibiades and Socrates’ discussion, Socrates asks Alcibiades to explain what kind of “state is improved and better managed and ordered.” Alcibiades answers, telling him that the “presence of friendship and the absence of hatred and division” within the state makes for the most “managed and ordered” government. After making this statement Socrates asks Alcibiades to further explain if friendship based upon agreement or disagreement (Plato). It is here when Alcibiades unknowingly makes his mistake in this topic. He tells Socrates “agreement,” which has tremendously narrowed the definition of “friendship” that Alcibiades has established. That is to say that friendship can only be achieved upon two parties wholly agreeing on everything, which is unlikely to happen in reality. Socrates offers an example of this, saying that on matters of which only one party can know, the other party must
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