for D. Palmer's Visions of Human Nature
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Chapter 1 - The Platonic Vision of Human Nature
1. Which of the following was key to Plato's concept of the
individual and its relation to society?
2. Plato takes the ultimate object(s)
of knowledge to be:
3. According to Plato, reason is
employed to do all of the following EXCEPT
4. When Socrates' friends offered to help him escape death by hemlock, he refused. Which of the
following reasons did he give?
5. Which of the following is the correct order of the sections in
Plato's simile of the line (also known as "the divided line"), from most real to the least real?
6. Plato opposed the democracy of
his time because
7. In order to wage wars the military
class makes up the majority of the population in Plato's ideal city. (T/F)
For Plato, the intelligible world is more real than the visible world.
9. Every member in Plato's ideal
city is encouraged to pursue philosophical study and become a philosopher. (T/F)
10. Plato believed that people fought
wars with each other because they were not able to provide for themselves even the
bare necessities. (T/F)
11. Plato believed that the characteristic excellence (or arete) of the spirit (in the
individual) and of the military (in the state as a whole) was temperance. (T/F)
12. Plato believed that spirit was
by its very nature the unshakeable ally of the reason. (T/F)
13. In The Republic, Socrates' "healthy city"
and Plato's "ideal city" are the same thing. (T/F)
14. Plato was hostile to art because
he was insensitive to its attractions.
15. For Plato the movement from opinion
to knowledge comes through grasping the Forms intellectually, by the light of the Good.
Here are some short answer questions you might consider.
16. How does Plato understand the relation between the individual and the polis
(city-state) in his Republic?
17. What is supposed to constitute the justice of a just city?
18. What are three parts of the individual/human soul in the order of their
19. What are the three castes in Plato's ideal city and their respective prime
20. What is Plato's definition of virtue/form/justice?
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