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Colloquium 8

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It is argued that a variety of attempts by commentators to identify the underlying doctrines of the Republic have all failed and that the nature of the difficulties that confront anyone who attempts to identify them has too often been misunderstood. Plato's principal intention in the Republic was to present his readers not with a set of doctrines, but with an aporia and to challenge those readers to think their own way through it and out of it. Accounts of the character of Glaucôn, Adeimantus, and other members of Socrates' audience, of the exposition of the diagram of the Line, of the justifications of justice, and of Plato's jokes are advanced in support of this interpretation. And it is finally suggested that Plato directs his readers' attention to one possible way of resolving the central aporia.

Keywords:Adeimantus; aporia; Glaucôn; Plato; Republic



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