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Alex Kono ARTL 100 Berliner Journal 3: Critique In The Republic , Books IV and V revolve around the creation of a perfect city that lacks the flaws of reality and—in theory—illustrates true justice that stems through the structure of the city and the individuals. As Socrates continues to explain the inner- workings of this city in detail, it becomes more evident that his argument is incompatible with realistic expectations of humanity. In essence, some of the arguments are simply absurd, undermining the strength and practicality of such ideas. For example, the idea that children “are to be possessed in common so that no parent will know his own offspring or any child his parent” proves to be unrealistic because the support and attention attained by parental care and family is irreplaceable. Many would find it arguable that not having or knowing one’s biological parents would be permitted, let
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Unformatted text preview: alone beneficial in a society. Furthermore, Socrates argues that each person should do the job they are suited for and do only that job. As Socrates states, humans are spirited and appetitive—they are innately passionate and possess drive and desire. It is unrealistic to believe that a person would be happy doing a job and only that job while having such qualities. While the idea of a perfectly just city with perfectly just individuals is desirable, the fact of the matter remains that human being’s ethics and morals cannot be molded to perfection. There are ultimately many factors that influence human actions— factors such as desire and self-preservation—that sway ethical decisions. Overall, the impracticality of this city and the disregard for the complexity of human nature weakens the arguments made in Book IV and V....
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