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The Republic Study Guide Book III Discussion Questions 1. What does Socrates claim should be censored from literature at the beginning of Book III? Is there ever any justification for censorship? 2. After advocating censorship, Socrates argues that the truth must be taken seriously (389b). Is he saying that he would only censor falsehoods in literature? No one, he says, is allowed to lie in his ideal state except for the guardians, who may commit the “Noble Lie.” What is a Noble Lie and why is it acceptable? See 414d-415d for an example. Is it ever permissible for a government to lie to its people? 3. Socrates divides literary narratives into “simple narratives” and “imitations” where the “poet’s connections”
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