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Plato's 'Republic' / Platonic Utopia Through the ‘Philosopher King'
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A 9 page paper on The Republic. Plato discusses a utopian society ruled by a philosopher king, followed in importance by the spirit-warrior and desire-worker. The philosopher king is Plato's vision of the ruler of the republic. The philosopher king, the ruler comes upon his powers through various means, upbringing and through the study of Forms. This would then qualify him to rule Athens' utopia after a life of study in truth and justice and the other virtues. One primary reference cited.
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Nietzsche And Plato
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The tenets of Christianity have been built on a foundation derived, to a large part, from the philosophies of Plato. Nietzsche was vehemently opposed to Christianity, and by extension, to Plato's most basic of ideas. He thought that the emphasis on the transcendental nature depreciated the value of corporeal life and the innate potentials of man. Plato felt that the striving for perfection in man was directly attributable to the a priori nature of both ideas and moral 'good'. This 4 page paper sets the two philosophers and their philosophies in debate. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Plato's Theory of the Soul
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An 9 page paper in which the writer supports Plato's theory that the soul is not only immortal, but also can be either healthy or sick. For Plato, a healthy soul is one that is in harmony with the cosmos and strives for wisdom and knowledge. An unhealthy soul cannot recognize responsibilities to the cosmos, and therefore, does not temper desires with reason. The writer supports these ideas using Plato's own texts, including 'Crito,' 'Phaedrus' and The Republic as well as several secondary sources -- all of which are listed in bibliography.
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A New Version of Plato's 'Apology' -- Defense of His 'Republic'
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A 15 page paper which poses a new version of Plato's Apology, in which he, and not Socrates, stands accused, this time, of political treason and religious subversion, and for using his writings to explain and justify the necessity for total revolution. Plato serves as his own defense attorney, while Aristotle acts as prosecutor and charges are based upon the evidence provided in Plato's The Republic, in which authoritarian rule and loss of independence are justified. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Allegory of the Cave & Critical Thinking
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A 4 page examination of Plato's Allegory of the Cave, contained in Book VII of The Republic. The paper asserts that Plato's model helps us understand the dangers of accepting other people's views of reality -- a lesson just as applicable today as it was in Plato's time. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Plato's Apology / Aristopanes' Clouds
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The trial and death of Socrates has been documented in the writings of his admirer and student, Plato. In Apology, Plato gives an account of the trial of Socrates before the Athenian court. Socrates has been charged with corrupting the youth, not believing in the Gods of the City and changing his religious alliance to other, new divinities. This 5 page paper compares the presentation of Socrates by Plato with the Socrates of Aristophanes and asserts that by simply denying that he has corrupted the youth, asserting that he has a personal oracle to which he gives allegiance and invalidating his belief in the Gods of Athens by believing that he can prove the oracle of Delphi wrong if he can find a person who is wiser than he. Socrates, by his own defense, or lack thereof, shows himself to be guilty of the charges. No additional sources cited.
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Friedrich Nietzsche and Plato
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This 5 page report discusses Nietzsche's criticisms of Plato and then what Plato's reaction would be to Nietzsche's theories and beliefs. Plato believes that good is an absolute. There is one vision or one conceptually agreed upon consciousness of good and it is applicable for all people regardless of circumstance. In contrast, Nietzsche believes in the relative nature of good. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato's Crito, Apology, & Republic / The Nature of Truth
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An 8 page analysis of three of Plato's Dialogues, showing how Plato actually diverted our attention from the truth under the guise of revealing it. Considerable emphasis is laid on Plato's methods, with examples from the three works. No additional sources cited.
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Plato's 'Republic' / The Epistemological, Ontological and Axiological
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A 10 page paper that suggests that Plato's Republic was created from a distinct historical perspective, demonstrated in Plato's epistemological, ontological and axiological world view. The writer explains how Plato's theory of knowledge develops with these characteristics in mind -- based on his almost skeptical perspective on Athenian society. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Plato On Justice And Injustice
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A 4 page paper analyzing the concept of justice as a virtue, and therefore a positive good based on Socrates' arguments presented in Plato's Republic. The writer details Socrates' specific arguments and comments on them analytically. No bibliography.
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Plato’s Criticism of Art
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Plato’s Republic is a narrative philosophical essay, a type of fiction, and yet, within the text of the Republic Plato attacks poetry because it fails to show that virtue leads to happiness. He argues that the need for drama in fiction creates the impression that an exciting life is more desirable than a virtuous one. This 5 page paper presents an interpretation of Plato’s thought’s on art. No additional sources are listed.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Utopia
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A 4 page paper that considers the essence of Plato's perfect state and reflects on the negative elements of Plato's constructs. This paper contends that the structure of Plato's utopia, including the distinct class system, is objectionable. No additional sources cited.
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Friedrich Nietzsche and Plato
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This 5 page report discusses Nietzsche’s criticisms of Plato and then what Plato’s reaction would be to Nietzsche’s theories and beliefs. Plato believes that good is an absolute. There is one vision or one conceptually agreed upon consciousness of good and it is applicable for all people regardless of circumstance. In contrast, Nietzsche believes in the relative nature of good. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato and Aristotle
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An 8 page paper which discusses three differences of opinions held by Plato and Aristotle, in relationship to their individual philosophies. Despite the fact that Aristotle was taught philosophy in Plato’s school, his ideas and philosophical theories differed in many ways, from those of Plato. The three differences discussed are the idea of forms, poetics, and the existence of God. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Plato’s Theory of Forms and Being and Becoming
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This 5 page report discusses Plato’s concept of forms and the ways in which a person experiences the act of being as compared to becoming. The two were distinctly separate concepts for Plato. Plato’s vision of reality and his distinction between “being” and “becoming” presents the changing world and the things within it as mere shadows or reflections of a separate world of independently existing, eternal, and unchanging entities called 'forms' or 'ideas.' Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Plato's 'Crito' / Fallacies In Socrates' Arguments
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The philosophies of Socrates are presented by Plato in his rendition of the circumstances surrounding Socrates' trial and death. Socrates was given ample opportunity to escape the death sentence by escaping to Thessaly. He chooses to stay and to abide by the decision of the court, regardless that it was incorrect. He presents his arguments to his friend, Crito, when he comes to convince him to escape. Plato was making the point concerning the duty of a citizen to abide by the laws but in presenting them as he did, through the dialogue of Socrates in a fictionalized historical account, there were inherent fallacies within these arguments 5 page paper critically examines the arguments presented. No additional sources cited.
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Plato's 'Phaedrus' / Philosophy Through Dialogue
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A 5 page paper that considers the use of the dialogue in Plato's Phaedrus as a means of demonstrating Plato's essential philosophical ideas, from love to the development of the soul. No additional sources cited.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Allegory Of The Cave # 2
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A 2 page explication of Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave' in which the writer defines the meaning of the light, the sun, and their relevance to knowledge & man's perception of his own environment. It is found that Plato's writing represents an interesting look at the ongoing struggle we face to understand and have knowledge of ourselves. No Bibliography.
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Plato's 'Gorgias' / Socrates On The Plight Of The Unjust
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A 6 page paper discussing the life of the unjust according to Socrates as is written by Plato in 'Gorgias.' The unjust is often unhappy and lives a life filled with evil. Socrates describes the nature of the unjust and the just. He gives many examples throughout the dialogue of which some have been described below. some weaknesses are also discussed. Bibliography cites the URL from which the full text of Plato's work was obtained.
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Plato / Revealing The Life & Philosophy Of Socrates
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An 8 page factual essay that looks at the life of Socrates as revealed in the writings of his student, Plato -- and his Five Great Dialogues. The vagueness of where Socrates's ideas end and Plato's begin is discussed as well as the life and nature of Socrates. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Plato / Looking At Socrates Through The Great Dialogues
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The philosopher is looked at through Plato's eyes in this 5 page analysis of the man's arguments and style. Plato's The Apology, The Crito, and Phaedo are the three dialogues which are discussed in terms of Socrates's contemplation of the human soul. Socrates is also compared with other historical figures. No other sources are used.
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Plato's 'Phaedo' And Theories On The Nature of The Soul
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An in-depth, 9 page examination of Plato's 'Phaedo' and the immortality of the soul. The writer goes into great philosophical detail-- analyzing Plato's recounting of Socrates' theories on life, death, and the nature of the soul itself. Inquiries are made into whether the soul is in touch with eternal reality.. Whether it can have ultimate knowledge, etc;. Specific quotes from Phaedo are cited throughout the essay.
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Plato & His Views on Justice
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A 9 page overview of Plato's life, contributions, theories, and philosophical importance. The writer highlights a number of key themes including Plato's views on justice as presented in 'The Republic,' 'The Gorgias,' and 'The Laws.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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A Comparison of Plato & Two Early Greek Philosophers
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A 5 page research paper that compares Plato's concept of soul to the early Greek philosophers' concept of arche. The writer argues that Plato reconciled the conflicts of earlier approaches and expanded upon them. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato's Theory of Forms & Wittgenstein's 'Notion of Truth'
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Plato's Theory of Forms outlined in a number of his dialogues including 'The Republic' and 'Parmenides,' is based in the perception of knowledge and the limitations of the senses. Plato recognized that man is limited by his sensory perception in an understanding of the natural of the world around him, and as a result, proposed the Theory of Forms in its initial sense to reflect a more complete understanding of the essential nature of the world based outside of the sensory and in the rational. Wittgenstein, in 'Notion of Truth' also considers the comparison between the actual and the perceived, and evaluates truth both as a component of basic understanding and an element directly correlated to the physical world. This 6 page paper reflects these concepts and provides support for components of both philosophers' arguments through the texts they created. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Plato's Theory Of Forms & Modern Christian Thought
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A 10 page paper that provides an overview of the basic elements of Plato's Theory of Forms and then considers the implications of his concepts for modern Christianity. Plato's ideas are considered in relation to elements of the Bible as well as the modern writings of Paul Tillich and Alan Jones. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Plato -- Father of Totalitarianism ?
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A 15 page report that contains a review of the literature to support a discussion about whether Plato's philosophical theories in The Republic was the beginning of totalitarianism. The ideal government structure as envisioned by Plato is compared to modern day totalitarian governments. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Political Leadership According to Plato and Machiavelli
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A 5 page paper discussing bot the similarities and differences between Plato and Machiavelli's views of political leadership. Bibliography lists 'The Prince' by Machiavelli and 'The Republic' by Plato as sources.
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Precis For Plato's Arguments In "Symposium" And "Phaedrus"
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5 pages in length. The writer discusses the notion of love as it relates to Gregory Vlastos' "The Individual as an Object of Love in Plato" in the book entitled "Platonic Studies." Annotated bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Comparison of C.S. Lewis’ 'The Screwtape Letters' to Plato’s 'Phaedrus'
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A 7 page paper which compares British author C.S. Lewis’ book, 'The Screwtape Letters,' to Plato’s 'Phaedrus' to examine the three ways in which the twentieth century Christian thinker might have revealed himself to be a Platonist. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Plato's 'Meno' vs. Plato's 'Phaedo' / Is Learning Recollection
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A 3 page paper that provides an overview of Socrates' argument in regards to knowledge and supports his belief that man does not attain new information, but simply recollects things that the soul has known and experienced since the beginning of time. Bibliography lists no additional sources.
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Plato's 'Republic' -- Tyranny # 2
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A thorough, 5 page explication of Plato's definition of tyranny and the tyrant. The writer covers all primary points raised by Plato and discusses the concept as presented from the beginning through the end of Book IX. No other sources cited.
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Plato & Freud / The Nature of the Soul
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This 5 page paper that provides an overview of the basic arguments of Plato and Freud in regards to the nature and significance of the soul. This paper provides a comparison of Freud and Plato, and then relates the significance of this comparison to an understanding of the human essence. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Plato & Aristotle / Use of Parmenides' Philosophy to Explain Reality
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This 5 page research paper examines how Plato and Aristotle regarded the Eleatic philosophy of Parmenides to explain reality. Specifically discussed is the concept of being as explored in Aristotle's Physics, Metaphysics, and Plato's dialogue, Parmenides. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Aristotle and Plato - A Comparison
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This 5 page report discusses and compares the major views of Plato to those of Aristotle. While Aristotle was his student, he debated virtually every concept put forth by Plato. This paper provides a brief review of some of their primary differences. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Plato's Views On Democracy vs. Marx's Views On Capitalism
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A 5 page paper that very briefly compares Marx's thoughts about capitalism and alienation of individuals with Plato's views on democracy and the unjust individual or state that results from an imbalance in natural function. Bibliography lists four sources in addition to writings of Marx and Plato.
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Aristotle And Plato / Politics
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5 pages in length. The differences that exist between the political views of Aristotle and Plato help one to fully comprehend the expansiveness of political theory. While Aristotle was more of a benevolent statesman, Plato adopted a decidedly more stringent approach to the concept of governing. Assessing the comparison of these two distinct methods of bureaucratic rule provides for a broader understanding of the political process as it exists today. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Disagreeing With Plato's Theory of Forms (Ideas)
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A 6 page paper which examines the arguments presented by Plato in his famous Theory of Forms (Ideas) featured in his classic political treatise, "The Republic," then considers arguments which disagree with Plato's conclusions. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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'Justice' As Seen In The Koran, The Old Testament, & Plato's 'Republic
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A 5 page paper discussing the foundation of justice as it applies in Islam ('The Koran'), Judaism ('The Old Testament of the Bible'), and according to Plato ('The Republic'). A dialog has been imagined between Mohammed, Moses, and Plato regarding the topic of justice. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Plato and Machiavelli
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This 9 page report discusses the thinking of the ancient philosopher Plato and the 15th century political-philosopher, Niccolo Machiavelli. Considering each of the philosophers’ viewpoints on the human condition and the human nature (especially in a political context), the author of the paper supports the ideas of Plato over Machiavelli. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Trial and Death of Socrates – Comparing Plato’s Version with I. F. Stone’s
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This 6 page report discusses the trial and death of Socrates from its most accepted, classical version as written by Plato and the viewpoint put forth in 1988 by radical journalist I. F. Stone. Because Socrates died rather than yield any amount to men who asked no more of him than he stop voicing his opinions, Plato resolved to defend the memory of Socrates and to continue his work. Stone’s work suggests that Socrates was an elitist whose contempt for and condescending attitude the citizens of Athens essentially forced them to place him on trial, convict him, and sentence him to death for political subversion. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Views On Equality
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This 4 page paper considers the views of Plato on the issue of equality as presented in the text of The Republic. This paper considers the issue of equality as it relates to Plato's perspectives on government, politics, economic interests and equality of opportunity. No additional sources cited.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Views On Liberty
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This 4 page paper considers Plato's perspectives on liberty presented in The Republic. This paper evaluates liberty in terms of freedom of speech, belief and choice of vocation, and general perspectives on personal freedom within the constructions of Plato's polis. No additional sources cited.
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Plato Vs. John Locke On The Question Of The Legality Of Marijuana Use
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An 8 page paper discussing the philosophies of John Locke and Plato as they relate to the question of whether or not a government has the right to tell citizens not to use marijuana. Bibliography lists three sources in addition to several primary works by both Plato and Locke.
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Plato’s Republic: Books 1 and 2
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A brief 2-page overview of Plato’s Republic, specifically Books 1 and . Relates the intention of Plato’s compilation of a series of writings into tetralogies, groups of four. No additional sources are listed.
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Jean Paul Sartre, Plato, & Hobbes / Comparative Philosophy
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7 pages worth of essays comparing the philosophies of Sartre with those of Plato and anticipating how one would criticize the other's reasoning. Sartre is regarded as more of a humanist than Plato and another philosopher -- Hobbes is also brought into the discussion as the writer makes relevant comparison between 'The Republic' and 'Leviathan.' No Bibliography.
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Robert W. Hall/Plato
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A 5 page analysis of the Robert W. Hall's book, Plato, in which he conveys his understanding and passion for Plato while relating his philosophy to the modern world. No additional sources cited.
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Plato: The Perfect City
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A 5 page paper which discusses Plato's attitudes concerning the rule of the state by philosophers, which he perceived to a concept for the perfect city as seen in his work Republic. The paper uses his story of the cave as an illustration of his theories concerning a perfect state. The text used is Plato's Republic. No additional sources cited.
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A Critical Analysis of Plato’s “The Republic”
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A 6 page paper which provides a critical analysis of 'The Republic' by Plato, but is intended to supplement the text, not be a substitute for the text, specifically consider the opinions of other scholars to determine Plato’s intentions and motivations behind writing 'The Republic.' Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Plato, Aristotle, and Justice
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This 6 page report discusses Plato’s examination of the nature of justice. It then considers Aristotle’s concept of differing types of justice. In any discussion or comparison of Aristotle and Plato, there are certain factors that it is important to understand. Philosophically, the works of Aristotle reflect his gradual departure from the teachings of Plato and his adoption of a new approach. Unlike Plato, who delighted in abstract thought about a supra-sensible realm of forms, Aristotle was intensely concrete and practical, relying heavily upon sensory observation as a starting-point for philosophical reflection. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Plato's View Of Human Nature
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A 5 page paper that discusses Plato's Republic and the concept of justice, good and human nature. Plato compares the individual's soul to the society, finding in both the same types of corruption. He talks about the Good City and how that can be established. These ideas are discussed. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Plato on Education
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This 5 page paper looks at the philosophy of Plato regarding education of the young and old. Plato held that education was the responsibility of the state and should be used as a tool to mould children to their future role in society. Considered are the role and aims of the educational programme as well as it contents and application. The bibliography cites 3 sources.
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Analyzing Frederick Douglass, Machiavelli, Lao-Tzu, Karl Marx & Plato to Determine What Went Wrong in America
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A 5 page paper which considers ‘what went wrong’ in America by considering the writings of Frederick Douglass, Lao-Tzu, Niccolo Machiavelli, Karl Marx, and Plato, specifically examining 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave;' 'Tao-te ching;' 'The Prince;' 'The Communist Manifesto;' and Plato’s 'Allegory of the Cave' in Book VII of 'The Republic.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato and Aristotle on Forms
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5 pages. This essay briefly discusses Plato's form theory. Aristotle's critique of Plato's theory is also included, and the two are compared. Based on Phaedro, Parimedes, Republic, Symposim and Metaphysics.
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The Logic of Morality / Plato's 'Republic'
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A 5 page analysis of the first two books of Plato's 'Republic.' The writer shows how Plato reveals a basis for understanding justice through an extended dialogue between Socrates and various other Greeks. No additional sources cited.
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Plato's 'Republic' -- Tyranny
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A complete, 4 page discussion of tyranny as presented in Plato's 'Republic' -- Book IX. A complete evaluation of the philosophers' definition of tyranny is presented -- emphasizing key points made by Plato. No other sources are cited.
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Hannah Arendt/Between Past and Future
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A 15 page analysis of Hannah Arendt's Between Past and Future. According to Arendt, the beginnings of Western thought began specifically in Plato's allegory of the cave, from The Republic. This compelling allegory was designed by Plato as the basis for his argument that society should be ruled by the king-philosopher, the man who had the knowledge to rule wisely based on his knowledge of philosophy. In Between Past and Future, Arendt explores the ramifications of what Plato says happened once the enlightened man reenters the cave, which is, of course, ordinary human society. No additional sources cited.
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Conducting 'Business by the Book'
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A 5 page paper discussing the superiority of Christian ethics and values in operation of daily business over that of either pure Jewish or Platonic principles. The Christian view is one that holds forgiveness in higher esteem either than Jewish or Platonic tradition, and is one that is more flexible than Jewish law or Plato's lengthy and sometimes circuitous rhetoric. Today's business is too fast-moving and straightforward to make full use of either historical law or extensive rhetoric. Christianity's emphasis on personal responsibility without condemnation of others and exhortation to coexist in peace with others also is a requirement of successful business today Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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The Concept of Justice as Viewed by Plato, John Stewart Mill, and Immanuel Kant
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A 7 page contention that justice is more than just law, justice is the product of morals and ethics. Utilizes the Platonic model from Plato's Republic, John Stewart Mill's theory of utilitarianism, and Immanuel Kant's categorical imperative of reason to illustrate this contention. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Education and Leadership; the Implications for the State.
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A five page paper which looks at the principles underlying the concepts of enlightenment, responsibility and leadership in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and the qualities which Plato perceives as essential for the foundation and internal cohesion of the State, with regard to the role of the philosopher in interacting with and guiding the people towards the acquisition of truth and virtue. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Immortality of the Human Soul: A Defense of Platonic Thought
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An 8 page discussion of Plato’s contention that the soul is immortal. Outlines Plato’s view of the soul (including several quotes from the “Phaedo”) and presents his arguments justifying that view. Notes that these arguments have been the point of much contention among those that disagree with Plato. Presents examples of arguments designed to disprove Plato’s concept of an immortal soul. Points out the errors in each concluding that the soul is intangible but that just as molecules, whether those molecules comprise hamburger meat, cardboard, or water, continue to exist past the point that they are intermixed either with themselves or other material, the soul persist immortally. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Plato, Hobbes & Kant / A Fictional Discourse On Crime & Punishment
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A 6 page paper that provides a hypothetical discourse between Plato, Hobbes and Kant regarding their take on crime and punishment. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Plato's 'Philebus'
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This 5 page analytical discussion of 'Philebus' looks at the work itself, as well as the message Plato is trying to share and the point of the writing. No additional sources cited.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Allegory of the Cave & Kaku's Theory Of the Universe
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A 5 page paper discussing the possibility that Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave' is similar to the situation human beings find themselves in when facing the complexities of the universe. Different ways of viewing, understanding, and using information changes everything within the sphere of any given existence. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Plato's 'Phaedo' / The Immortal Soul
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A 2 page paper that provides an overview of the premise of the immortal soul as presented by Socrates in Plato's Phaedo. No additional sources cited.
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Plato's 'Meno' / The Paradox of Socrates
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A 3 page paper that provides an overview of Socrates' paradox of inquiry and considers the elements that apply to recollection and wrongdoing within the paradox outlined in Plato's 'Meno.' No additional sources cited.
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Virgil's 'Aeneid' & Plato's 'Republic'
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A 2 page essay on fact vs. fiction in Virgil's 'Aeneid' and Plato's 'Republic.' No outside references listed.
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Plato's 'Republic' / The State -- Rulers & Followers
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A 9 page paper that considers Plato's design of the polis and his premise about the necessary leaders in the 'Republic.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato's 'Republic' / The Noble Myth
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A 3 page paper that describes the Noble Myth of Socrates, also known as the Myth of Metals, in Plato's Republic. The writer suggests that Socrates' concepts about class determinations would not be well supported by the working class of Athens.
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Plato's 'Republic' and the True Essence of Things
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This 5 page report discusses Plato's 'Republic' and what Socrates explains is the real essence of things or the real essence of the world is the realm of ideals. The realm of ideals is the real world, unchanging and eternal, which can be known by thought. Things, in and of themselves, exist only in terms of having been perceived. The physical world or the 'world of things,' the 'cosmos,' is the world of becoming. It is grasped by opinion and sense-perception. No secondary sources.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Allegory of the Cave -- Shadows Seen By Prisoners
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This 5 page research paper examines Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave' metaphor in Book VII of The Republic. Specifically discussed are the parallels between the shadows the prisoners see on the wall of the cave and the illusion which passes off as truth in today's technological society. Bibliography lists one source.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Allegory of the Cave
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A 3 page essay that provides an overview of the Allegory of the Cave in Book VII of Plato's Republic. This paper suggests that Socrates proposed the Allegory as a way of demonstrating the importance of philosophers in demonstrating knowledge and truth.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Use Of Forms & Objects
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This 5 page paper explores Plato's use of forms and objects in the metaphoric 'Divided Line' and 'Allegory of the Cave' in The Republic Books VI and VII respectively.
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Plato's 'Gorgias'
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A 5 page paper that demonstrates Socrates' arguments in Plato's Gorgias. The writer reflects on Socrates' contention that oration is closer to flattery than to philosophy. Bibliography lists no additional sources.
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Plato's 'Phaedo' / Mechanistic Model of the Mind
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A 3 page paper that provides an overview of the arguments that Socrates would design against the mechanistic model of the mind and relates these in terms of Plato's 'Phaedo.' Bibliography lists no additional sources.
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Plato's 'Euthyphro,' 'The Apology,' 'Crito,' & 'Phaedo'
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A 5 page essay that summarizes the content and basic philosophies of these well-known dialogues by Plato.
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Plato's 'Protagoras' / Is Virtue One or Many ?
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A 3 page paper that provides and overview of the arguments of Socrates and Protagoras presented in Plato's Protagoras regarding the separate elements of virtue, including wisdom, temperance, courage, justice, and holiness.
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Plato vs. John Rawls On The Concept of Justice
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One component of the definition of justice is the final outcome of the process of law, or the Judicial system whereby justice is distributed by the State. By this definition, justice is the mechanical process of the structure of law - set in place and agreed to by the people of the State. Another definition is concerned with the value inherent in 'just' behavior. Simplistically defined, this is synonymous with 'fair.' The grown-up word for this same concept is 'equity.' One distinction between these two definitions is the difference between an individual viewpoint and the larger view of society. Either view incorporates the concept of moral judgment; 'good' as opposed to bad.' This 7 page paper explores the concept of justice as presented by Plato and by John Rawls. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Plato's View Of Death
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For most individuals, the questions of what came before this life and what will happen after death are the basis for the quest for truth. Many of the moral traditions of society incorporate the concept of a pre-existence and an afterlife as well as the belief that one is rewarded for a virtuous life and punished for a life lived unjustly. This 7 page paper asserts that Plato is presenting a number of concepts inherent to his belief concerning death within The Republic and Phaedo. No additional sources are listed.
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Plato's 'Apology' -- Socrates' Defense
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A 5 page, in-depth discussion of Plato's 'Apology'-- in which the writer explains Socrates' entire defense and its relevance to the socio-political climate of his day. Socrates' logic is analyzed in considerable detail. Bibliography lists 3 supporting sources.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Dion As A Philosopher King
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A 20 page paper discussing Plato's efforts to train Dion II of Syracuse as a philosopher-king. What were the historical factors involved and why was the effort to train Dinonysius the Younger a failure? Bibliography lists nine sources.
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Plato's Dialogues / Studying Socrates Through The Eyes Of His Student
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A 3 page paper that provides an overview of important points that are relative to the study of Socrates and can be derived from considering Plato's 'Meno', 'Protagoras' and 'Phaedo.' No additional sources cited.
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Plato's Dialogues
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A 5 page essay on three of Plato's Dialogues -- Crito, the Apology, and the Republic, -- analyzing the main thrust of Socrates' arguments in each. No additional sources cited.
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National Philosophy Day: Plato, Descartes and Wittgenstein on Proving God
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A 6 page paper developed around the hypothetical declaration of ‘National Philosophy Day' -- relating the arguments of Plato, Descartes, and Wittgenstein, all brought to the present by a time machine, and their considerations regarding the existence of God. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Confucius vs. Plato / Their Ideas On Society & State
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This 11 page research paper compares and contrasts the views of Confucius and Plato on society and the creation of a ruling state. Specifically discussed are the nature of man in terms of good and evil, what role, if any, a higher power plays; whether or not morality can be learned; and the purpose of the state and qualities of its leaders. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Lun Yü of K'ung Fu-Tzu / Analects Of Confucius vs. Theories Of Plato
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An 8 page paper discussing the Lun Yu, also known as 'the Analects' of Confucius and comparing them to the views of Plato regarding the reformation of society. Bibliography lists five sources.
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The Philosophies Of Plato -- Applied To Today's Affirmative Action Debate
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A 10 page paper discussing affirmative action from the philosophical perspective of Plato. Both sides of the debate over affirmative action are briefly presented. Bibliography lists six sources.
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The Theme of Innocence in Plato's Apology.
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(5 pp) In Plato's Apology, Socrates defends his actions or his innocence against the charges placed against him. This discussion examines whether Plato is presenting him as innocent of those charges, or presenting Socrates is actually "the Innocent." Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Anthropology in the Works of Plato and Augustine
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A five page paper analyzing both Platonic and Augustinian thought in terms of its application to anthropology. The paper points out that neither philosopher had any concept of the scientific method, and questions how much of their ideology can be considered applicable to the field of anthropology today. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Plato, Aristotle, and St. Augustine on a Contemporary Issue: Drug Abuse
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A ten page paper explaining the philosophies of these three seminal thinkers in great detail, and speculating about their opinions on the issue of drug abuse in our own day. The paper concludes that Aristotle provided the best way of looking at the situation from a broad, organizational level, while a combination of the Platonic and Augustinian approaches work best when working with individuals seeking to change their lives. Bibliography lists seven sources.
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Plato and Aristotle / Concepts of Rulership Within The Polis
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A 10 page paper that considers the concept of rulership as presented by Plato and his student Aristotle. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Plato and Aristotle, A Definition of Virtue
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This 6 page paper looks at the continuity of thought within the discourses of Plato and Aristotle in relationship to the concept of 'virtue.' Bibliography lists five sources.
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Plato and Aristotle / Philosophical Inquiry
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A 5 page paper that provides an overview of Aristotle and Plato's processes of philosophical inquiry as they related to an understanding of the soul and the virtue. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato, David Hume, John Stuart Mill & Immanuel Kant on Capital Punishment
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A 7 page paper which examines the ancient Greek philosophical view of capital punishment, as espoused by Plato, and then considers the European perspectives of David Hume, John Stuart Mill, and Immanuel Kant. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Human Nature: Plato And The Five Dialogues
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6 pages in length. Is it possible, according to Plato's viewpoint, for human nature to be "released from forms" and still be considered human nature according to the five dialogues between Socrates, Crito, Meno, Phaedo and Euthyphro? In assessing this plausibility, one must first harbor a distinct understanding of just what human nature represents in relation to man's actions. It has long been postulated that human nature is bound by defense mechanisms as a means by which to hide from the truth of reality. If this is so, then most any conduct in which humanity partakes is nothing more than an act of escapism. Is that to say, then, that human nature is bound by the weakness of man's character? Can individualism reside at the crux of why human nature cannot be released from form and still be construed as human nature based upon conversations with Socrates, Crito, Meno, Phaedo and Euthyphro? Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Plato, Music And Advertising
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This 11 page paper provides a comparison of Plato's theory of music utilization and the use of music in advertising. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
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Justice in Plato's "Republic"
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A six page paper looking at this Socratic dialogue in terms of its analysis of justice. The paper breaks down Socrates' entire argument as presented in Book I, and shows how Plato used logical deduction to render an abstract argument in concrete terms. No additional sources.
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The Big Three: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
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(8 pp). Three major philosophers are associated with the development of man's intellectual reasoning and thought; they are Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Commonalities link all three, yet definite differences do exist. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Plato and Machiavelli on War
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A 7 page paper which discusses how Plato and Machiavelli regarded the act of war. For the most part both philosophers were very clear in illustrating how and why war existed, yet somewhat more vague in terms of presenting their personal opinions regarding war, though the intent appears to be that those who seek a higher level of consciousness or being have little or no need for warfare. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Paradox of Learning in Plato's Meno
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This 6.5 page paper considers the nature of how we learn; disputing the idea of Plato as found in Meno that man does not attain new information but simply recollects it from a soul-base. Modern brain studies are examined as are researched educational learning styles. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Is Plato’s 'Theaetetus' Confusing?
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A 5 page paper which examines Plato’s 'Theaetetus' to determine whether it is, as author David Bostock concluded, ‘simply a muddle’ of arguments which confuse the reader. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Plato on Virtue in 'Meno' & 'Protagoras'
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A 5 page paper which examines Plato’s views on virtue, whether he believed it could be taught, and if so, how, by considering two of his writings, 'Meno' and 'Protagoras.' Bibliography lists 12 sources.
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Comparison Between Socrates’ View of Love in Plato’s 'Symposium' With Contemporary Idea of Love
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A 6 page paper which compares Socrates’ view of love, as interpreted by Plato in 'Symposium,' with the contemporary concept of love. After critical evaluation, the two viewpoints are then integrated into an example of an ideal of love, which is probed through supporting and opposing arguments. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Plato and the Role of Soul in “Phaedo” and “Republic”
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A 10 page research paper on Plato’s philosophy on the soul as it relates to individual and state harmony. The author explores the idea of soul as prisoner, and the progress beyond that state. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Bertrand Russell on Plato's Attempts to Account For Knowledge of the Nature of Reality
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A 3 page paper which contemplates what Bertrand Russell would think of Plato's attempts to account for our knowledge of the nature of reality. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Comparisons of Plato and C.S. Lewis' Screwtape
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A 6 page paper comparing the two works. C. S. Lewis is known for his Christian writing, both overt and more veiled forms. The Screwtape Letters most assuredly are the finest example of Lewis' overt Christian work in that Screwtape, demon supreme, writes letters of instruction to his nephew Wormwood, who is on assignment to gain a particular soul for satan's collection. Plato of course is pre-Christian, but he does give credence to the ancient Greek gods. While he grants gods at least part of their due, he is certain that responsibility for goodness and moral behavior is attributable to the worth of the individual, is determined by the individual without outside influence. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Plato and Hobbes Look at the U.S. Health Care Industry
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This 10 page report discusses a philosophical perspective on problems in the American health care industry as they would be viewed by both the ancient philosopher Plato and Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679). Because nothing short of a revolution in the basic beliefs on which healthcare is based must take place in order to get back to a realistic and workable framework for human health and the actual facilitation of the process of caring for people’s health needs, it is interesting to apply some of the thinking of two of the Western world’s great philosophers. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato and Rousseau: Related by Analogy
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(5 pp) An "analogy" according to Mr. Webster, is an inference that if two or more things agree in some respects they will probably agree in others - a likeness between things that are unlike. In this discussion we will determine the analogies that Plato used in the Republic and Rousseau in The Social Contract.
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Socrates' Concepts of Love and Beauty, As Described in Plato's "Symposium" (201d-212c)
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A 4 page paper which analyzes Socrates' concepts of love and beauty, as described in Plato's "Symposium" (201d-212c), as reflected in sex, bodies, souls, knowledge, ideas, beauty in itself, and considers the importance of love and beauty to human nature. No additional sources are used.
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Plato’s Symposium Analyzed
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This five-page-paper discusses many aspects of the Symposium including what Plato thought the difference between love and pleasure was, and why the Symposium does not end with a dialogue by Socrates. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Piety and Truth; Plato's Euthyphro
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This 5 page paper considers Plato's work Euthyphro which presents a study of truth and piety through a conversation between Euthyphro and Socrates. The paper considers this conflict and coincidence between truth and piety, applying it to the use of guns in the modern world. The bibliography cites 3 sources.
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Justice Politic and the Good Life in Plato's Gorgias
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This 5 page paper looks at the augment used by Callicles that as long as he does not get caught any behaviour is acceptable in pursuit of his own happiness. Plato has Socrates refuting of this statement and arguing that to suffer wrong is better that to be the cause of wrong. This paper concentrates on those arguments, considering who is right and the evidence Socrates presents. Quotes from the work are used to support the arguments put forward. The bibliography cites 2 sources.
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Was Plato A Democrat?
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5 pages in length. The writer discusses how Plato possessed a decidedly authoritarian view of government, believing that the most perfect system of administration is one that had total and complete rule over the land, effectively eschewing democracy. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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How Kant and Hume Would React To Plato's 'Euthyphro'
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A 6 page paper that discusses the possible reactions of Immanuel Kant and David Hume on Plato's 'Euthyphro.' Of major consideration is the reactions of Kant and Hume to the concepts of piety, love and family duty as presented within the story of the dialogue between Euthyphro and Socrates. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Plato Reflected in Meno:
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This 8 page paper considers Socrates as the mentor of Plato, and discusses the paradox of learning as reflected in Meno. Bibliography lists 2 sources. .
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Plato’s Protagoras
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True to his nature and habits, Plato presents the play, Protagoras, as an exchange of dialogue that features Socrates in conversation with Protagoras. This 5 page paper briefly explores the principles presented by Socrates and compares them with the actions of Antigone in the play of the same name. No additional sources are listed.
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Nietzsche's Thoughts On Plato & Socrates
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5 pages in length. The writer discusses Nietzsche's thoughts with regard to Plato and Socrates' philosophies. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Plato, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, & Engels / Views on Freedom, Equality, Democracy, and Justice
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This 8 page report discusses the views of some of the world's and history's most influential thinkers - Plato, Locke, Rousseau, and Marx and Engels - on freedom, equality, democracy, and justice. Their opinions are compared and held up to one another for contrast. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Plato's 'Republic' / The Sun
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A 7 page paper that provides an overview of Plato's considerations regarding the Sun and goodness in The Republic. This paper demonstrates the ideas presented through Socrates' characterization regarding the image of the sun, reason, knowledge and wisdom. Bibliography lists no additional sources.
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The Clash Between Plato and Aristotle
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A five page paper looking at the major differences between these two ancient Greek philosophers and their teachings. The paper concludes that Plato saw material objects as reflections of divine forms, and thus mundane reality as something not to be questioned but simply to be believed; Aristotle, on the other hand, saw reality as empirical, something to be analyzed, tested, and discerned. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Descartes on Plato's View of Philosophy as the Practice of Death
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A 3 page paper which considers whether or not Rene Descartes would agree with Plato's assessment that, "Philosophy is the practice of death." Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Big Three: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
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(8 pp). Three major philosophers are associated with the development of man's intellectual reasoning and thought. They are Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Commonalities link all three, yet definite differences do exist. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Plato’s Normative Ethical Theory & Virtues
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This 5 page report discusses Plato’s normative ethical theory in relation to the idea of the ethics of virtues as a division of ethical egoism. The question is explored as to what degree an individual’s actions are determined through ethics or virtues and fundamental self-motivated egoism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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The Views of Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas
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This 5 page paper compare the views of Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas as they relate to man's pursuit of the best life, the contrast between good and evil and the pursuit of knowledge of the divine. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Better Path to Happiness and the Connection Between Authority and Freedom in Plato
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This 5 page report discusses two separate questions. First: Does John Stuart Mill or Karl Marx chart a better course toward happiness for the worker? Second: the issue discussed is regarding the connection between authority and freedom in the work of Plato. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Democracy, The Worst Form of Government: The Views of Plato, Marx and Thucydides
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This 5 page argumentative essays uses the writings of Plato, Marx and Thucydides to support the argument that democracy is the worst form of government. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Economic Compared to Human Well-Being and Growth -- Views of Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas
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This 6 page report discusses the ways that three of the world’s great philosophers have defined the meaning of both economic growth and well-being. Both Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas were deeply interested in human nature. Aristotle, of course, developed his thinking from the philosophical viewpoint and the means by which human nature is responsible for an individual’s actions, beliefs, and state of being. Plato’s views were related more to a realm in which philosophy meant the pursuit of the wisdom that allows a man to truly assess the value of all things which humans desire. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Aristotle vs. Plato's Views on the Soul
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A 4 page paper which compares Aristotle's and Plato's views on the soul, as described in their works 'Nicomachean Ethics,' 'On the Soul,' 'The Republic' and 'Phaedo.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Views and Methods of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates
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10 pages in length. Aristotle, Plato and Socrates were sometimes at odds with their philosophies but that does not lessen the terrific impact they have had on philosophy throughout the world. However, there are those who contend that these three did not feel they were successful in reaching some of their goals. Can it be that some of the great thinkers were, in fact, not successful in practicing what they preached? Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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The true Meaning in Plato’s Apology
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A five page paper which looks at the defence of Socrates in Plato’s Apology and considers its meaning, both in the historical context of Socrates’ trial and the use of Socratic dialogue in the structure of the Apology. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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The Metaphysical Tradition of Plato and Its Application
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This 10 page paper considers the nature of the Plat's metaphysical tradition and applies it to the views of A. J. Ayer and Nietzsche. This paper integrates the views presented in Plato's The Sophist, as well as his other works, and the implications in the development of Ayer's Language, Truth and Logic, and Nietzsche's Existentialism and Basic Writings. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Legendary Pythagoras and His Influence on Determining Real Being, Music, Numbers, Mysticism, Plato, and the Western Concept of Science
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A 5 page paper which examines the major contributions of Pythagoras in terms of determining real being through numbers, music, mysticism, Plato, and in formulating the Western concept of science. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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The Sound of Justice According To Plato and to The Bible
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This five-page-paper compares and contrasts the views of justice between the Book of Luke in the Bible and Plato's Republic. The causes of justice, the people who receive justice and a final discussion on the similarities and difference in the goal of justice between the two. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Plato and John Locke – Comparison of Views on Man and Nature, Society, and the Creation and Purpose of Government
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This 9 page report discusses two of the world’s great philosophers and compares their viewpoints on various aspects of life and society. Plato’s opinions are those of some of the great thought of all time while John Locke was the most influential of English philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries whose ideas have formulated a great deal of democratic thinking. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Plato: Three Similes
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A 7 page paper which discusses three famous similes of Plato as found in his work “The Republic.” The similes are, simile of the sun, simile of the divided line, and simile of the cave. Bibliography lists 3 additional sources.
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Plato’s Views on the Status of Women
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This 10-page-paper discusses Plato’s views regarding the equality of women and how he addresses it in the Republic dialog. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Establishing A New Constitution With Plato's Help
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4 pages in length. The citizens of Dogwood are not happy with their existing government. It has been a long time in coming for their discontentment to finally reach the point of actively seeking a new regime. However, they do not feel confident enough to be able to secure such a drastic change on their own and have enlisted the help and insight of Plato's philosophies. The writer helps the town determine whether his ideals regarding government and constitution agree with theirs so that they can decide if he is the best representative of their cause. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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The Analogy of Plato's Allegory of the Cave:
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This 5 page paper provides an overview of Plato's Allegory of the Cave and an analysis of the central components of the story, including the symbolism. No additional sources cited.
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Plato's The Meno
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This 5 page paper explores the dialogue by Plato between Socrates and Meno, specifically in terms of the primary philosophical questions proposed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato Vs. Hobbes
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A 10 page, critical comparison of views presented by Plato in 'The Republic' and by Hobbes in 'Leviathan' as they relate to evaluative assessments of various governmental forms & political theory. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Plato’s Republic and Desirable Qualities for Political Office
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This 5 page paper takes ideas from Plato’s Republic and discusses traits such as wisdom and knowledge and whether these are sufficient for political rule. Morality is discussed in depth as are definitions for wisdom and knowledge. The Republic is the only source used.
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Plato vs. Hobbes # 2
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A 6 page analytical comparison of views on Democracy and the state as argued by Plato in his 'Republic' and Hobbes in 'Leviathan.' No additional bibliographic references.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Educating for Utopia
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A 4 page paper postulating that in The Republic, Plato's utopian ideal for education will make it a process which begins with controlling the content of fables, leading in turn lead to the moral breeding of members of a utopian society. This all ends with the creation of the soul of a nation-state, or utopia. The primary source is cited.
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Socrates’ Defense in Plato’s 'Apology' and the Role of Philosophy
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A 2 page paper which considers the defense offered by Socrates’ in Plato’s Apology, and examines his claims concerning the role of philosophy and the purpose of human activity.
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Plato: Great Dialogue Questions
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5 pages in length. The writer discusses the following as they relate to Plato's "Phaedo" and "Symposium," translated by W.H.D. Rouse: What is the "ladder of love" described in the Symposium (pp.104-106); When Diotima talks about "beauty itself" how is this similar to, and at the same time different from, beautiful people; In his autobiographical passage in the Phaedo (pp.500-503), Socrates says that bones, sockets, sinews and the like are not the "real causes" (502) of his imprisonment. What are the real causes; In the Phaedo, Socrates says about his investigations into the natural theories of Anaxagoras: "How high I soared, how low I fell!" (502). Why did Socrates fly so high, and why did he fall so low; and what hope did Anaxagoras fail to fulfill for Socrates? No additional sources cited.
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Plato's 'Republic' / View of Leadership
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This 5 page report discusses the issue of leadership and how Plato viewed leadership through what he said about it in 'The Republic.' The paper discusses what the attributes of a good leader are and how contemporary leaders need or don't need to exhibit such classical moral virtues. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Machiavelli vs. Plato
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8 pages in length. A light comparison between Machiavelli's 'The Prince' and Plato's 'Republic.' The writer examines each of the author's respective eras, backgrounds, and influences before making determinations about the political similarities and differences between their two infamous works. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Plato and Religion of Modern Times
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This 6 page paper compares modern religions with the philosophic ideas of Plato. Similarities and differences are highlighted in a discussion on good, morality and the existence of God. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Plato’s Attitude Toward Pleasure as Considered in 'Philebus'
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A 5 page paper which assesses Plato’s attitude toward pleasure, as primarily considered in 'Philebus.' Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Aristotle and Plato’s Views on Knowledge
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This 7 page paper provides an overview of the basic arguments of both Aristotle and Plato related to the pursuit, source, acquisition and uses of knowledge. This paper considers the presentation of knowledge by both philosophers, as well as the correlation between knowledge and wisdom. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Relevance to Modern Government
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An 8 page overview of Plato's Republic and of the relevance of his and Socrates thoughts to modern day government. Bibliography list three additional sources.
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Plato's 'Republic' / 'Myths Of The Metals' Or, 'The Noble Lie'
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This 5 page paper discusses what Plato meant by the myths of the metals and how it applied to the larger message of 'The Republic.' Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Plato's 'Symposium' / The Speech of Alcibiades
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A 5 page paper that takes a defintive look at the segment of the 'Symposium' when Alcibiades enters and creates his own speech, and this segment is important to an overall understanding of Plato's motives in writing the 'Symposium' as a whole. 1 additional source cited.
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Plato's 'Symposium' / Socrates and Aristophanes on Love
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A 5 page paper that provides an overview of Aristophanes and Socrates' perspectives on love and demonstrates the contrasting perceptions that design Plato's own concepts of love. No additional sources cited.
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Plato's Symposium and D'Aragona's Dialogue on the Infinity of Love
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Love runs the gamut of definition within the mind of every individual. Love has been the subject of every type of discourse from antiquity to the present. Plato addresses the concept of love in Symposium. It has also been the basis for moral discussion and the rights of women. D'Aragona's dialogue implies that the act of creation equally benefits men and women. This 5 page paper compares the ideas and beliefs of the two writers concerning the basis for love and the role of women. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato's 'Theory of Forms' vs. Modern Science's Concept Of Reality
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A 5 page paper that provides a comparison between Plato's reflections on knowledge, opinion and understanding elemental to his 'Theory of Forms' and the concept of reality as it is designed within the scope of modern scientific methods. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Plato’s “Euthyphro” and the Concept of Piety
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This 5 page report discusses one of the earliest dialogues of Plato, the Euthyphro, is devoted to the issue of piety and virtue and offers a great deal of insight to his larger views regarding the ethics and egoism of virtue and the definitions of piety. In his dialogue with Euthyphro, Socrates asks “What is holiness (or piety)?” Euthyphro answers: “the holy is this, what all gods love, and the opposite, what all gods hate, is unholy.” Of course, such a statement leads Socrates to then ask then if something is holy because it is loved by the gods or do the gods love it because it is holy and the reader, along with Euthyphro, receives a lesson in multi-dimensional thinking. No additional sources.
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Emerson / Plato Tutorial
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A 5 page paper in which the writer examines the definition of the individual as seen through the works of Plato in The Republic, and Ralph Waldo Emerson in “Self-Reliance.” The metaphor of music is examined as a connecting theme. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato's Persuasive Rhetorical Techniques in 'The Cave'
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This 6 page report discusses 'The Allegory of the Cave' From Part III, Chapter XXV, of 'The Republic' is certainly one of Plato's best-known works. Socrates makes it very clear that the prisoners in the 'Allegory of the Cave' are representative of all humans. Just as the prisoners are surrounded by darkness, humanity is 'in the dark,' or to phrase it differently, in a state of ignorance. He clarifies each of the key points through his series of rhetorical questions, which, in turn, make his argument all the more persuasive. No secondary sources.
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Conception of Life and Death According to Socrates, Aristotle & Plato Analyzed
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This 6 page research paper examines how the concept of death fits in with the meaning of life in light of the classical Greek philosophers Socrates, Aristotle and Plato. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Contrasts and Similarities In Plato and Hegel
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A 6 page argumentative essay pitting the philosophies of Plato's 'Republic' and Hegel's 'Introduction to the Philosophy of History' against each other. Three specific arguments are raised: soul/spirit, individual, and society (city/state). Two counter arguments are considered (similarities are drawn) between divine existence of soul/spirit, and that the individual soul/spirit and city/state soul/spirit are synonymous functions of the divine. Two primary sources cited.
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Plato and Theatetus: Wax On-Wax Off
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(5 pp) In Theatetus (lines 188-196) ,Plato attempts to explain how we can arrive at false decisions, he labels these false thinking strategies as "false judgments." But before we know, which judgments are false, or faulty, we first need to know how we determine whether things are true or not. It is not that one bit of knowledge is impossible without the other, but it is usually the style of Greek philosophers to lead us, to answer our own question, in a logical, and sequential manner. Thus, before something is determined as false, we will have to look at how we know that something is true. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Bill Gates and Plato -- Masters of Rhetoric
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This 5 page report discusses Plato and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates in terms of their rhetorical powers. To include the persona and accomplishments of Microsoft’s Bill Gates in the discussion of Plato and rhetoric is to introduce a component of the modern world that demonstrates the ways in which vision can be (and has been) interpreted as a characteristic of successful commercial development. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Hobbes, Aquinas And Plato: The Role Of Morality In Establishing An Obligation To Obey Law
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7 pages in length. Ever since the time when mankind required the inclusion of law as a means by which to settle disputes and create a more agreeable community, the issue of legal infiltration has been the subject of myriad dissatisfied individuals who believe that the implementation of law has been significantly more detrimental than beneficial. Others, however, contend that without the presence of law, human morality would not stand on its own as a deterrent to crime and otherwise unwanted social behavior. Thomas Hobbes, St. Thomas Aquinas and Plato postulated the issues surrounding the role of morality in establishing an obligation to obey law; from these three men, one can readily surmise that law most certainly has a place within society's civil framework. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Plato/Euthyphro, Crito, Apology, & Meno
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A 5 page essay that answers several questions pertaining to Plato's dialogues. No other sources cited.
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In What Way Does Socrates Exemplify Virtue?
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In 5 pages the author discusses the ways in which Socrates exemplifies virtue. 'While making reference to two of Plato's dialogues, the following question: 'The concept of virtue in the Platonic dialogues is very closely connected with the idea of 'excellence'. Keeping this in mind, and given what Socrates says about virtue in the dialogues, in what way or ways does the philosopher exemplify virtue?' is answered.' Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Courts
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A 4 page paper discussing the relevance of philosophy and enlightenment, evident in books VI-VII of Plato's 'Republic,' in regards to the courts in today's government. Plato argues that true leaders must be aware and knowledgeable of many higher, and more spiritual, aspects of existence if they are to do the job well. it does not do to have leaders exist among the darkness with the rest of the people and it does not serve the people well if the leaders are only out for their own gratification. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Influence of Classical Philosophy on Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'
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A five page paper showing how the philosophy of Aristotle, Plato, and St. Augustine influenced Shakespeare in his characterization of Hamlet. The paper argues that over the course of the play, Hamlet moves from the position of a Platonist to an Augustinian to an Aristotelian. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Socrates’ Notion of Justice
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A 5 page review of the Socratic notion of justice as is revealed in Plato’s “The Republic” and “Plato’s Apology of Socrates”. Extensively discusses Socrates’ exchanges with Thrasymachus about the inherent nature of justice. While Thrasymachus contends that justice is a relict of power, Socrates contends that it is in fact part of the inner nature of man. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Purpose and Meaning in Life According to Great Minds
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A 5 page paper which discusses how some of the great minds in history have addressed the aspect of a meaningful life. Those discussed in these terms are Viktor Frankl, Plato, Nietzsche, and Albert Camus. The aspect of a meaningful life is examined in how the great minds look at life, addressing if it has a purpose, and who the giver of that purpose is, if they are of the mind to belief there is a purpose to life. The works discussed are Frankl's 'Man's Search for Meaning,' Plato's 'Republic,' Nietzsche's 'The Antichrist,' and Camus' 'The Stranger.' No additional sources cited.
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Lao Tzu's Taoism Compared With Plato's "The Form Of The Good"
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5 pages in length. The writer compares Lao Tzu's Taoism with Plato's "The Form Of The Good" as they relate to image, function, characteristic, explanation and relation to human existence. No additional sources cited.
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Summary of Plato's "Crito"
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A 5 page paper which summarizes Plato's "Crito." This classic is essentially the final argument Socrates' offers to a friend who would have him escape rather than face imminent death. Bibliography lists 3 additional sources.
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The Greek View of Love: Eros in Hippolytus and the Symposium
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This 6 page paper considers the Greek notion of love as it is presented by both Euripides and Plato. This paper assesses love in Euripides Hippolytus and Plato’s Symposium. This paper relates the speeches of Aristophanes and Socrates. No additional sources cited.
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Rhetoric Of Aristotle
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When reading the works of Plato and Aristotle it becomes clear that they were masters of the spoken word. The art of argument is elevated to a science by Plato and then diagnosed and explained in The Rhetoric of Aristotle. This 5 page paper focuses on a formulation of a Problem within the realm of Deliberative argument on the subject of oppression. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Crito and Socrates: Ethics, Forms and Principle
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This-five-page paper presents an overview of Plato’s Crito and what Plato argued and concluded in the dialogue. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Classic Philosophy and the Ethics of Defense Management
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This 5 page report discusses the most basic philosophy of three of the Western world’s best known philosophical writers -- Aristotle, Plato, Machavelli -- and applies it to the ethics of defense management. Aristotle believed that there could be no absolute moral standard while Plato saw the world as being in a constant state of change. If change is the absolute, one may assume that ethics change as well. The philosophy Machiavelli, of course, can be encapsulated in a common modern phrase -- “you gotta do,what you gotta do.” Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato and Rousseau: Related by Analogy
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(5 pp) An analogy" according to Mr. Webster, is an inference that if two or more things agree in some respects they will probably agree in others - a likeness between things that are unlike. In this discussion we will determine the analogies that Plato used in the Republic and Rousseau in The Social Contract.
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Plato and Aristotle Compared
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This 5 page paper evaluates Aristotle's critique of Plato's views. Several issues are discussed inclusive of the relevance of the soul. Bibliography lists 5 sources .
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Plato's 'Meno' / The Immortality of the Soul
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A 4 page paper that provides an overview of the arguments of Socrates regarding the immortality of the soul and its implication for inquiry.
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Plato's 'Phaedo' / Analogy Of The Harp
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A 4 page paper that provides and overview of Socrates' analogy of the harp and the impacts for his perspectives on the soul. No additional sources cited.
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Plato's 'Phaedo' & 'The Republic' / Socrates On Just v 'Beautiful & Just Things'
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This 6 page paper analyzes the distinction made by Socrates between that which is beautiful and just in and of itself and those things which represent beauty and justice. Specifically considered is the basis of this distinction as outlined in Book V of The Republic and Phaedo. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Plato's 'Protagoras' # 2 / Is Virtue One Or Many ?
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A 15 page paper that provides an overview of the major arguments presented by Socrates and Protagoras linking virtue and wisdom, temperance, courage, justice and holiness. No additional sources cited.
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Plato's 'Republic' / Theories Of Justice
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A 6 page paper discussing the debate between Socrates and Thrasymachus concerning justice as opposed to self-interest.. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Plato's Republic and 'Seeming' or 'Being' Moral
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This 8 page report discusses Adeimantus and Glaucon in The Republic as they try to determine whether or not morality serves as the means to an end. Both of the young men believe people only do what is right under compulsion and that nobody really sees doing good as good for him or her. Instead, they secretly long for the power and the freedom to do as they pleased. No secondary sources.
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Dante's Inferno and Plato's 'Symposium'
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A 4 page paper about these two masterpieces. The writer explores the issue of love, and what that means to each of these 2 writers. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Plato v. Locke
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A 6 page essay/research paper that examines the differences between the political philosophies of Plato and John Locke. The writer argues that Locke saw the state as being a structure instituted among humanity to serve the people, and, therefore, he felt that it was an institution that the people could justifiable oppose when it went against their best interests. On the other hand, Plato would have undoubtedly argued that the "people," per se, did not possess sufficient knowledge upon which to base a legitimate opinion on the functioning of the state. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Plato v. Hume: A Look at the Philosophers
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This 6 page paper contemplates these two great philosophers and addresses the subjects of human knowledge, morality and God. Similarities and differences in ideas are highlighted. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Plato's 'Apology' / Wisdom Of Socrates
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A 10 page paper arguing that in the Apology, Socrates proves that all he was accused of was misguided wisdom brought about by the belief of his accusers that they were wise, rather than consider the possibility that they had no special claim on wisdom. In the course of that inquisition Socrates not only proves their ignorance, but true to his purpose also uses the opportunity to continue to teach his pupils, despite their designs for him. In this life or death situation, he is able to convey that virtue is important above all else and that knowledge can be achieved by this understanding. However, the pursuit of wisdom is never complete, because even in the last moments of his life, Socrates was still learning the wisdom behind the Oracle's original message. The primary source is cited.
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Plato's 'Apology' / Philosophy or Sophism
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A 5 page paper that considers Socrates arguments in response to the call for the death penalty. This paper contends that while Socrates used sophism as a means of supporting his arguments for what he believed he 'deserved' for his crimes, this only supported the philosophical premise of his argument.
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Plato/Theory of Forms
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A 5 page research paper that investigates and defends Plato's Theory of Forms. The writer first offers a comprehensive explanation of Plato's theory and then offers a defense of this position. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato's 'Apology' / Was Socrates' 'Guilty' Verdict Just ?
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In 4 pages, the writer attempts to answer this very question. It is believed that in Athenian terms, Socrates was in fact, guilty of impiety and corrupting the young but that the integrity of his accusers needs to be more closely examined. Even in light of this, it is brought out that the concept of 'innocent until proven guilty' did not apply in this case and moreover, Socrates admitted to his own guilt. Thus, there is no reason -- from an Athenian point-of-view,-- to find Socrates 'not guilty' of the charges made against him. A very well-developed argument is provided. No Bibliography.
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Plato's 'Apology' / Socrates & His Dichotomous Profiles
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A 5 page paper that reflects on the two different and seemingly contradictory profiles of Socrates that become evident in a reading of the Apology. Initially, Socrates seems almost self-effacing, but following the finding of his guilt, Socrates is noisily heroic and refuses to beg for mercy. These contradictory images are presented and demonstrates support for Socrates' belief that 'the unexamined life is not worth living.' No additional sources cited.
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Plato's 'Crito' -- Analysis Of Socrates' Decision To Remain In Prison
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In this well- reasoned essay of 4 pages, the writer analyzes Socrates' decision to remain in prison and await death-- even when Crito gave him the opportunity to flee. It is argued that Socrates' choice was a logical one in light of his own philosophy : civil obedience was of primary importance and even if his pending execution wasn't morally just, Socrates recognized it as civil law. It is ultimately concluded that Socrates could not have ever justified his own philosophies and be remembered in the same light if he had escaped from prison to save his own life. No Bibliography.
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Plato -- The Last Days Of Socrates / Philosophical Analysis
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An 8 page research paper in which the writer examines Socrates' indictment and his contempt towards his accusers. It is argued that Socrates might have received a lighter punishment had he not proposed ones that was so markedly sarcastic on his own. The 'true' grounds for the attack on Socrates are examined as are the reasons why he refused to flee even when given the chance to do so by Crito. The 'practical use of reason' as evidenced by Socrates' own thought & actions is of primary importance to this discussion. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Plato's 'Gorgias' and 'Phaedrus' / Rhetoric of Morality & Philosophy
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A 5 page paper that demonstrates the essence of truth in determining the epistemological, ontological and axiological arguments in these two works. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Critical Thinking And Intellectuals In Contemporary Society
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5 pages in length. In Plato's Allegory of the Cave, the author advocates the presence of philosopher-kings; in fact, he claims public service is the duty of those who have (metaphorically) ascended to the sunlight, admonishing those intellectuals of his time not to turn their backs upon those who still reside within the darkness, inasmuch as their responsibility is to teach and to lead. The type of critical thinking Shaw describes clearly corresponds to Plato's Allegory, which is to get back to the very basics of human interaction. The role that critical thinking plays within contemporary American society is one that is quickly dwindling in social importance; indeed, the role it should play is one that is as integral to human survival as breathing is. In American popular culture today, the past thirty years has demonstrated an anti-intellectual tendency that appeared to have reached its peak approximately ten to fifteen years ago. When one considers the reason(s) for this drastic change and the impact anti-intellectualism has had upon government and public institutions, one can easily surmise that technology has played a significant role. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Comparing and Contrasting Classical Literature / Aristophanes' "Lysistrata," Homer's "The Iliad," Sophocles' "Oedipus the King," Euripides' "Medea," Plato's "Meno" and "Phaedo," Aristotle's "Posterior Analytics," and "The Old and New Testaments"
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A 5 page paper which examines these classical literary works converge, in terms of literature, philosophy and theology; their differences in viewpoints; and their central themes and highlights. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
Filename: TGclasic.rtf

David Hume's Attack Upon Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle And Plotinus
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10 pages in length. The writer discusses Hume's desparaging opinion of the others philosophers' beliefs in relation to existence, oneness and matter. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Justice, According to Aristophanes, Plato, Sophocles and the Book of Job
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A 6 page paper which examines how justice is presented and how the concept differs in Aristophanes’ “The Clouds,” Plato’s “Apology” and “Crito,” Sophocles’ “Antigone,” and the Old Testament’s “Book of Job.” No additional sources are used.
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"Justice of the City" Plato - Book 4 of the Republic
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(5 pp). When we ask ourselves how Plato arrives at any decision it is easiest to understand that philosopher will lead us across the stream of our own lack of knowledge, stepping from one stone of definition to the next. Thus when we reach the "other side," or have picked up the knowledge, that we were seeking, we will wonder why we were ever distressed about crossing the stream, in the first place. This approach is used to lead us to understand that the qualities of the virtues of wisdom, courage, temperance and justice exist within the city and within ourselves.
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“Concepts of Love: Singer and Plato”
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A five page paper which considers Isaac Singer’s concept of love in Appraisal and Betrayal from the viewpoint propounded in Plato’s Symposium, in terms of the relationship between rationality and emotion, and assesses whether the two writers’ perspectives are mutually incompatible. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Soul and Reality: Plato, Aristotle and Descartes
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A 5 page paper discussing these three philosophers' views on the soul and how it affects aspects of physical life. The existence of the soul was nearly the only aspect of it on which all three philosophers agreed. Because their views of the soul are so very different, so are their views of life in the natural world, including reality and man's destiny. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Plato's "Republic," Machiavelli's "The Prince" And Hobbes' "Leviathan": Justice
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6 pages in length. The writer discusses justice as it relates to political philosophy according to Plato, Machiavelli and Hobbes. No additional sources cited.
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Truth and Justice in Plato's Apology
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This 5 page paper examines the concepts of truth and justice using Plato's Apology. The Socratic method, and its relevance to finding the truth, is discussed in detail. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Plato & Aristotle on Forms
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A 5 page essay that seeks to explain the differences between the way Plato and Aristotle explained "forms." The writer, after discussing this, argues that Aristotle proposed the better explanation of the two. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Aristotle’s & Plato’s Differing Views of the Elements
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This 5 page report compares and contrasts the two philosophers opinions and explanation of the physical elements of life – earth, air water, fire. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Counterarguments in Plato's Apology
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This 6 page paper focuses on the skill of Socrates and discuses in depth the technique he used in his own defense. The arguments are evaluated for merit as well. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Sophocles v. Plato / Sense of Morality
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A 7 page essay comparing “Antigone” with “Apology” to arrive at two versions of morality as expressed by Socrates and Creon. The writer shows that while Creon is held up as a man of convictions, in fact, it is Socrates who demonstrates that reality. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Pressures and Conflicts of the Ancient World as Shown by Plato, Horace and Thucydides
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This 5 page report discusses that many of the conflicts of the world of the ancient philosophers were similar to those that exist in the 21st century. Politics and greed, arguments regarding the corruption of young people, international boundaries, and the rights and obligations of the common man all figure into the mix. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Philosophies on the Human Soul, Human Development, and Government as Elucidated by Thucydides, Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato
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An 8 page discussion of the political philosophy as revealed by these great thinkers. Provides concise definitions of several critical Greek terms such as logistikon, politeia, aidos, eikasia, timarchy, entelechy, physis, dianoia, agathon, and peitho. Ties these terms into the philosophies of Aristotle, Socrates and Plato; discussing such concepts as oligarchy verses democracy, the “good community”, and the role of the human soul in determining human development and community structure. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Plato’s “Meno”
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This 5 page report discusses Plato’s “Meno” and how he developed arguments about the substance of memory and techniques to access memory in his work “Meno.” “Meno” stimulated new debates about the cultural structures related to memory and their control, and about the definition of knowledge as recollection or invention. Bibliography lists only the primary source.
Filename: BWplmeno.wps

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