Response to Plato’s Republic, Books V to X

Plato, Part Two:
What is this phenomenon of nature? Is nature related to human nature? Are they different? What is it about human nature that stops all argument, we have reached the bottom line, the buck stops. When Plato (via Socrates) discusses the nature of justice or the nature of morality, he is trying to pinpoint the what-ness, the essence of the concept under examination. This I have no problem with. Rather, a discussion that distinguishes components of human personality or dispositions that are “human nature” as the period on an argument or statement that is troublesome. One definition of nature references “birth” or “to be born;” humans possess inclinations as a matter of our birthright, the nature of humankind. Natura is a Latin translation of the Greek word physis or physical. Nature, specifically in reference to human nature, serves as a boundary for conversation and reasoning. Dialogue continually bumps into this wall that is nature. Plato teases out the natures of women in comparison to men in Book V, but nature as a phenomenon, as a tool of reason, is not clarified. But then again, what might be on the other side of the human nature wall? Is it reason-able? What lies beyond once we question reason and nature?
24 September 2012

I also thought I'd be smart and do a word cloud of The Republic... hoping "nature" would be a key word. Close enough - bottom-right underneath "another".

Etymology of nature:

Plato’s The Republic, ~125,000 words, “natur” referenced 314 times


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