Republic Book V Summary

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Joe George Philosophy 105 14 February 2008 Republic Book V Summary Socrates’ beliefs on gender relations and families in Book V of Republic are very radical. All of his policies (sex only during certain times of the year with different partners, killing the child if otherwise, etc) come off as insane, but they serve the greater unification of the city as a whole. Through this patterned and communal sexual activity, an environment is created in which children become reliant on the city. Although these ideas are very radical to people now, Socrates explains something at the beginning of Book V that is more commonplace in democracy now: equality. Socrates believes that since virtues fall along the same lines for men and women, women should have the same
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Unformatted text preview: right to education as men. It was very radical for the time, but Socrates was very logical and assertive in his statements. Later, Socrates goes on to describe the ideal ruler of his perfect city, a sort of philosopher-king. It seems a bit egotistical to me that Socrates’ ideal ruler would be a philosopher, but his reasoning appears to be somewhat sound. He claims that philosopher’s are the only ones with true knowledge, because of their awareness of the faults of the senses and beauty. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder is what Socrates really appears to be saying, and only the philosophers have the wisdom to understand this tenet....
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