Category Archives: Plato

Plato’s concept of Justice: Laws IX 863E and Republic IV 443C

……………………… Ian Mason I should now define for you, clearly and without complication, what I mean by just and unjust. For I refer to the tyranny, in the soul, of passion and fear, of pleasure and pain, envy and desire, whether they cause harm or not, as injustice, in all cases.But when the opinion as […]

‘It’s all in Plato’-C.S. Lewis on the Theory of Forms: Republic V:476b-d

When Aslan said you could never go back to Narnia, he meant the Narnia you were thinking of. But that was not the real Narnia. That had a beginning and an end. It was only a shadow or a copy of the real Narnia which has always been here and always will be here: just […]

‘The need for non-violent gadflies’- Apology 30d-31e (Martin Luther King)

LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL April 16, 1963 MY DEAR FELLOW CLERGYMEN: ….Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for […]

Everyone desires the good – Meno 77c-78b (contributed by Jane Mason)

This short piece of argument is set within the larger question debated by the Meno – what is virtue and can it be taught? Meno presents a series of definitions of virtue, which Socrates demolishes, and this passage begins with one of them. The philosophical issues and questions raised by this passage are fascinating and […]