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PLATO

SIMILIE OF THE SHIP
Used to retort Adeimantus' assertions that philosophers are "very off birds, not to say thoroughly vicious",
and even their best qualities prove to be useless to society.

Illustrates Plato's views on the shortcomings of democracy
Illustrates the way in which true philosophers are ignored, or…

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THE SIMILIE OF THE SHIP

Strengths Weaknesses


Similarities can be drawn between our Plato claims that the navigators knowledge
modern democratic societies and the of the stars, skies, etc. (the Forms) make him
ship. Politicians (crew) do manipulate the best person to lead the ship. However,
the voters. Protestors (the…

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