Eros and Necessity in the Ascent from the Cave

Ancient Philosophy 28 (2):357-72 (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

A generally ignored feature of Plato’s celebrated image of the cave in Republic VII is that the ascent from the cave is, in its initial stages, said to be brought about by force. What kind of ‘force’ is this, and why is it necessary? This paper considers three possible interpretations, and argues that each may have a role to play.

Analytics

Added to PP
2010-05-20

Downloads
2,540 (#2,985)

6 months
478 (#3,068)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Rachel Barney
University of Toronto, St. George

Citations of this work

Tyrannized Souls: Plato's Depiction of the ‘Tyrannical Man’.Mark A. Johnstone - 2015 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (3):423-437.
Plato on friendship and Eros.C. D. C. Reeve - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
On Socrates' Project of Philosophical Conversion.Jacob Stump - 2020 - Philosophers' Imprint 20 (32):1-19.
In liminal tension towards giving birth: Eros, the educator.Arpad Szakolczai - 2013 - History of the Human Sciences 26 (5):0952695113478242.

Add more citations

References found in this work

An introduction to Plato's Republic.Julia Annas - 1981 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Plato's ethics.Terence Irwin - 1995 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Shame and Necessity.Bernard Arthur Owen Williams - 1994 - Ethics 105 (1):178-181.
Plato's Cosmology: The Timaeus of Plato.Francis MacDonald Cornford - 1935 - Indianapolis, Ind.: Hackett Publishing Company. Edited by Francis Macdonald Cornford.
The city and man / Leo Strauss.Leo Strauss - 1964 - Chicago,: Rand McNally.

View all 27 references / Add more references