PoliSciJanuary 30

PoliSciJanuary 30 - Plato's Republic Conventional Notions...

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January 30, 2008 Plato’s Republic: Conventional Notions of Justice Background and Importance of Dialogue Format Subject: justice Dialogue, conversation o More just outcome with offering of different opinions.  Marketplace of ideas. o Question and answer (Socratic seminar) to promote thought and  engagement o Positions offered in hope that participants change their point of  view or offer other opinions. Primary Character: Socrates o Executed in 399 BC o Apparently never wrote anything o Powerful influence on contemporaries o Subject of controversy The Republic o Written by Plato approx. 380 BC o Action is set in 411 BC. Platonic Dialogues o Socrates never reveals position on justice at the start o General form: Socrates meets someone, mutual topic comes  up, person has sense of what topic is, discussion ensues. o
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLY SCI 1 taught by Professor Digeser during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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