The Republic Study Guide Book V Discussion Questions 1. In Book V Socrates argues that women should be educated like men, even going so far as to say that in their training they should exercise naked, like men. Socrates believes that women can perform some of the traditional roles of men, even in warfare. Describe his response to the following argument: If people should practice those things to which they are best suited by nature, then men and women, who are different by nature, should not have the same roles in the state. 2. This discussion, which is a response to the “first wave,” or first practical objection to his theoretical description of an ideal state (453e), appears to be at odds with his remarks on women earlier in The Republic where he expressed his concern about the deleterious effect of their emotional nature on men (395d). Is Socrates inconsistent in his views on women?
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