Agora Gang 1

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Tuesday, April 18 (rescheduled class)

No secondary material this week, but lots of Plato.

a.) List and evaluate the most important reasons given by Socrates in support of his contention that philosophers should be kings.

b.) In Socrates' account of the divided line (507b-511e), what is the function of mathematical knowledge? How does it differ from the two lower kinds of intellectual engagement, on the one hand, and from the highest kind, on the other?

General comments

e.g. I liked it.


e.g. But what does Plato really mean?