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Objections to Platos Three Parts of the Soul Platos The Republic is perhaps the first and greatest works written about politics ever This book which was written more than 24 centuries ago is very modern in the sense that it still makes people think the way it did in the 4th century BC and although the reader may not always agree with what Plato has to say he does make some points like no philosopher after him ever will again In The Republic Plato discusses everything about society in his time from justice to philosopher-rulers to the nature of the human soul to democracy Although not always very readable it is very clear what he wants to say when he speaks of the three parts of the soul which is also the topic of this paper He explains first in his book how humans should be raised why there should be censorship on childrens books and what his objections to democracy are all of this basing on a couple of ideas that truth is the highest good obtainable and that all humans are created in the same way Plato believes that the way all people act is all based on one main idea the human soul is divided into three parts The souls of all human beings contain these same parts only different people are dominated by different parts These three different parts are 1 The intellect- this part is to gain knowledge with 2 The heart- this part is to feel empathy courage and anger with 3 The animal instinct- this part contains the appetites for hunger sex and so on Consequently there are three different kinds of people one that is dominated by part 1 and this is of the intelligent kind and should be made philosopher king for only he can study long enough to find the truth and thus only he can rule a country in such a
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