I don’t know how, but my post got deleted, so I had to post this again. Who knows where the original post went.
How will the unjust man ever live a just life?
It was mentioned in Book 9 that the just man has more control over his decisions than the unjust man has over his own. This is because the just man lets his reason, the rational part of his soul, rule his pleasures and desires, while the unjust man does not use his reason, but enslaves himself to his appetitive pleasures and desires. The desires and pleasures of the unjust or tyrannical man can never satisfy them as they are not permanent—they are only illusory pleasures that need to be renewed every time. These insatiable cravings, if they are the only pleasure sought by a man, could only make him a being always hungry of food that will never provide him of all the nutrients which will lead to his well-being. Continue reading Plato’s The Republic, Books 9 and 10 Reflection→
A question on the transition from democracy to tyranny
How thin is the line between freedom and enslavement?
Book 8 discusses the four types of unjust constitution and man. Plato/Socrates presents them in an order of increasing perversion of the ideal city-state, aristocracy. Since it is natural for the just city to eventually degenerate through time as it is virtually be difficult to sustain and maintain such state, the aristocratic government would successively change into other forms—timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, and tyranny—with the last being the most unjust and chaotic. Continue reading Plato’s The Republic, Books 7 and 8 Reflection→
Before anything else, I would like to inform you, the reader who accidentally stumbled upon this obscure blog of mine, that the title has misled you into this. The content of the post, no matter how general the post title might have suggested this post would be, is my own analysis on only a particular part of the discussion in Books 5 and 6– Book 5 to be exact– of The Republic by Plato.
The particular part I am pertaining to is the eugenics as the system described as the best means for the female and male guardians to procreate in the ideal and just city-state. Upon birth of the child, it is taken away from the parents to be raised in a “rearing pen”, without the parents ever knowing who their child(ren) might be. This was seen as the most suitable way of raising the next generation of suitable guardians, but in such a way that the current male and female guardians would think of all the children–and I mean ALL–who were born from eugenics as their own child.
You might be wondering why I bothered including Book 5 in the post title. Welp, that’s just there as a sort of bookmark, in the sense that we are required in our Social, Economic, and Political Thought class to write a reaction/reflection/analysis to every two books/chapters that we read. Since I fairly liked this specific paper and am content with how this turned out–just the way I wanted it to be–I’d just like to leave it here. I think it might be worth reading.
Will a female guardian’s deprivation of the right to raise a child affect her very being?
My friend lent me this book. The setup was one of the most intriguing synopses I’ve ever read. The moment I had the book on my hand, I felt excited that I really wanted to read it right away, but I couldn’t because I was at school.
So I finally opened this book at home. The beginning was kind of confusing, but engaging at the same time. But it really got more ‘exciting’ the more I read. I mean, even though it is narrated in third person POV, I could quite easily enter into Jonas’ character.
The more things were revealed about their community, the more [I] Jonas felt blinded to what were really going on. And that is why it made my heart race every time a truth was unveiled.
Looking back, this is not really a book I would recommend just for everyone, as it lacks the ‘excitement’ or fast-paced action or events that most people would want to see in a movie. However, the book has played so well in stirring emotions and many thoughts within me. And what it has done to me was a pleasure that I can call my own. It left me awestruck that I couldn’t stop thinking about it for several days.