Cl36Sp08L5_Rp3_Ab - CLASSICS 36 LECTURE F IVE REPUBLIC B OOK 3 EDUCATION OF THE GUARDIANS 1 Plato as theorist of the power of the media 1.1 Soc's

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C LASSICS 36: L ECTURE F IVE R EPUBLIC B OOK 3: E DUCATION OF THE G UARDIANS 1. Plato as theorist of the power of the media 1.1 Soc.’s strictures apply not only to poetry and music ( mousikê, see my n.28 to p.61 of translation), but to wide range of media and culturally significant artefacts (401a-d). These are all the more dangerous (potentially) because they do their work “imperceptibly” (401d). 1.2 Among media, influence of music/ poetry gets ingrained most directly and deeply, shaping character and becoming the source of an immediate response to beauty and ugliness (401d-402a). 1.3 Therefore we should not leave these effects to haphazard or to tradition (377b-c), but should control them. No stories are innocent (as Adeim. pointed out in his Book 2 speech). 2. Censoring the content of poetry (377a-392c) 2.1 Bad behaviour as such is not censored from the Guardian’s literature (e.g. 380b, 388a, 391d, 396a,d); only bad behaviour done by role-models (gods and heroes, 378b, 388d, 391d-e). 2.2 Censorship of content of traditional stories about gods and heroes (sons of gods) justified on two grounds: these stories are (i) untrue, or logically inconsistent (377d, 378c, 380c, 381e, 386c, 391c, e) and (ii) inexpedient (will not make Guardians fit for their job, 378c, 380c, 381e, 383c, 386a, b, 387b, 388d-e, 389d, 391e), even if they were true (378a). 2.3
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This note was uploaded on 06/08/2008 for the course CLASSIC 36 taught by Professor Ferrari during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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Cl36Sp08L5_Rp3_Ab - CLASSICS 36 LECTURE F IVE REPUBLIC B OOK 3 EDUCATION OF THE GUARDIANS 1 Plato as theorist of the power of the media 1.1 Soc's

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