Warrior-Like Mentality In Book VI Of Plato's The Republic

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In Book IV, #283 of The Gay Science, Freidrich Nietzsche focuses on describing the admirable characteristics which a warrior possesses. He explains that a person who exemplifies the spirit of a warrior must be energetic, fearless, and willing to gain satisfaction from a challenging fight. Nietzsche shows interest in the psychological aspects of warrior-like mentality rather than the literal concept of engaging in warfare. Nietzsche is passionate in his writing about the mentally of being a risk taker, despite the potential dangers that may come with it. He is in favor of the concept of testing the boundaries and exploring uncharted territory. This particular aphorism highlights knowledge and power as something that is attainable to individuals…show more content…
He must be a virtuous man whose soul strives for truth; he must align his soul with the Form of the Good. Because a philosopher has such a strong desire for truth, his other desires become subdued. Philosophers are expected to have little to no interest in acquiring wealth, honor, or physical pleasures, therefore they would have no motivation to steal, lie, or take advantage of other people if they were in a position of power. It is implied that the best ruler would be an individual that does not really desire to rule at all. A philosopher is considered the best candidate to rule because he is knowledgeable, responsible, and will not abuse the power which is bestowed upon…show more content…
Knowledge and power according to Nietzsche is something that people should strive to acquire by being courageous and pushing themselves to live as advantageously as possible. Unlike Plato, who believes that knowledge and power is strongly connected with upholding virtue and striving for a higher level of excellence, Nietzsche considers it admirable solely for the purpose of providing enjoyment. Nietzsche values knowledge and power purely for its own sake, for the purpose of personal gain. His mentality is to claim it and enjoy it while you can. However Plato believes that knowledge and power possesses a far more significant role. The desire to strive for knowledge and understanding is essential in the plan of the perfect Utopia which is described considerably in The Republic. Knowledge accompanied by power, however, is only reserved for the higher ranking class of people which are the Guardians, and ultimately the Philosopher at the top. Unlike what Nietzsche describes as the pursuit for knowledge and power, a philosopher does not seek knowledge and power for his own benefit, it is acquired with an understanding that with power and power comes the tremendous responsibility to rule in a way which is fair, and helps raise up everyone to higher excellence in the

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