Plato Paper Interpretation Draft

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George Fountain III February 18, 2010 PHIL 201- “The Classical Mind,” Section 1 Clinical Assistant Professor Wilson Plato Paper ( 2.377b10-378b7) Interpretation: Teaching the works of poetry by Hesiod, Homer, and other poets to children in the city is strongly forbidden for necessary reasons. The tales of poets like Hesiod and Homer do not explain justice and how punishment is really given for unjust deeds in their works. Since everyone in the city is glorifying the great gods, children learn to take after the actions of the gods. But when gods are sometimes described as committing vengeful acts, these
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Unformatted text preview: same principles carry over to the lives of the children. The role of the city in education is to By sorting out the gods and human beings, there are no poetic explanations of these gods from a human behavior model. Instead, children must look solely to human guardians and the law for guidance. 1 By having children understand this important concept at a young age, citizens of the city will begin to distinguish between right and wrong, based on laws and the ways of the gods. 1 Dillon, Ariel. "Education in Plato's Republic (2004), 1...
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