Who Is Socrates Argument In Plato's Republic?

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The dialogue Republic is often said to be one of the most important texts in western thought. It is essentially an extended debate over a list of extremely meaningful questions. A question is asked and an answer is presented, the answer is generally considered and refuted. The parties involved all compose themselves as one would expect in a lengthy and mentally challenging debate that nearly fills up four-hundred pages and is said to have taken place in only one sitting. Some individuals get upset, some are very sure of their arguments, and some just leave when the questions get too hard. Although, there is one man present in the room who is completely different than the rest, one who looks at the arguments objectively and questions everything. Socrates stands out among the others included in the dialogue and the question is why; what about Socrates is intriguing in those first two books of Republic? It could be his level headed and respectful approach to the discussion, his unmatched curiosity, or his level of observance, among other things, that make him such an interesting individual.…show more content…
He has a way of acknowledging a point and carefully dismantling it without seeming the least bit aggressive or condescending. Even when faced with the hostile remarks from Thrasymachus accusing Socrates of attempting to, “spoil the whole thing,” when Socrates questions the meaning of Thrasymachus’s statement, Socrates simply responds with, “Not at all, my good sir, only tell me more clearly what you mean.” Effectively continuing the discussion further and easing the tension. Socrates also manages to stay as neutral as possible in the discussion, he never really takes a firm stance on any of the issues at hand, but rather inquires further into the stances of others to make his

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