Plato's Theory Of Education Analysis

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It can be seen from both ancient and modern history, that they were few philosophers that held much of an influence on educational thinking than that of Plato, and in particular his ideals on education as described within his ‘Republic.’ His writings regarding education continue to be the highlight of debate to this very day. The community in which he envisioned, has continually motivated the way educational leaders think and express their views; and his studies paved the way for the educational foundations laid down in the now. It is with this said, that the proposed purpose of the essay is to discuss and examine Plato’s Theory of Education within the ‘Republic,’ whilst also considering its relation to his theory of the soul.
To get to the depth of Plato’s way of thinking and understanding his ideologies thoroughly, this essay will begin by examining his Theory of Education. Plato believed that education was the true source of making the masses understand the differences between good and evil, and that it showed people the right and wrong ways to live within society. The ideas of education turned the learned towards the gateway of their souls. As Terrence W. Moore put it, ‘For Plato education is essentially the nurture of the soul and this is especially important for those with the potentiality for development.’ So, in theory it can be thought that Plato insisted that the soul didn’t take in knowledge, but rather it was the soul that educated the person by pointing them
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