A Denial of Desires and the City it Created

A Denial of Desires and the City it Created - Abstaining...

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Abstaining From Desires and the City It Creates Human nature is partially defined by passions and emotions that are not always understandable or expected. The reality and perception of each individual is strictly personal and unique. To generalize on truths, needs and perspectives of the individuals in a community as a whole is an unrealistic and fruitless task. In The Republic , by Plato, the foundations upon which Socrates intends to establish his ideal city do not promote an environment of truthful knowledge. The assumptions that Plato makes when considering the interworking and foundations of his utopian city are unrealistic. When considering the natural needs of a person, Plato is unable to acknowledge the importance of creative arts. Even famous artist Picasso realized the power his painting had over him, Painting is stronger than I am. It can make me do whatever it wants.” (Bowen 232). By restricting and censoring an individuals’ life experiences, they learn to be intolerable of change, and are hesitant to consider new ideas. The soul must not ignore or prejudge it’s desires truth is only possible when all things are considered and examined. By denying those things that are in opposition to what is considered good, just, or right, the soul becomes stubborn and unable to acquire true knowledge. While the ideology and motives behind its construction appear to be ideal, this utopian city doesn’t account for the creative arts of an individual person. If the soul is not exposed to the whole of its reality, it is unable to truly develop and grow strong. The city which he proposes consists of three classes of citizens, the common people , the soldiers and the guardians. The city is ruled by a philosopher king who determines the standards of the city. Each class possesses a separate role and responsibility within the city. The guardians are to be the dominant political power. “Own-dealing of each class, money-makers, assistants and guardians, each one of these doing its own business in the city, would be justice and would
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make a city just” (233 Rouse). As Socrates exclaims, each person shall be just through their commitment to maintaining the good of the city as a whole. Each must maintain their own
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2008 for the course PHI 1000 taught by Professor ? during the Spring '08 term at Baylor.

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