The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann

Socrates on Age and the Progress of Study

By |2018-11-21T08:38:53-05:00May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, E.B., Education, Eva Brann, Philosophy, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College, The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann|

1c-d. The activity of this higher logos, dialectic itself, is beyond Glaucon’s present reach and no part of the preliminary survey. To set out on the dialectical road would be to see “no longer an image… but the true itself” (533a3); the “most serious matters” are withheld from Glaucon, and so from any mere [...]

Socrates on Mathematics and Being

By |2018-11-21T08:38:53-05:00May 16th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Education, Eva Brann, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College, The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann|

1a. After the cave image Socrates considers with Glaucon the actual education of the philosophers. He begins significantly: "Would you like now to see in what way such men will come to be born [in the city] and how one will lead them up into the light, just as some [e.g., Heracles[40]] are said to have [...]

Socrates on Education in the Cave

By |2018-11-21T08:38:54-05:00May 9th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Music, Plato, St. John's College, The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann|

1. Book VII begins with this invitation to Glaucon: “Now, after this, liken our nature, as far as education and the lack of education is concerned, to the following sort of state” (514al). The sentence is dramatic. “After this” indicates that what has im­mediately preceded—that is, Socrates’ naming of the affections, the pathemata, of [...]

Socrates on Proportions, Dialectic, & the Image of the Good

By |2018-11-21T08:38:55-05:00May 2nd, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College, The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann, Truth|

4a. Let us return to the invitation to reflection that is extended to Glaucon by the sectioning of the realms “as if” they were a line; he must wonder why, as has been said, the Republic has no dialectical treatment either of the Good or of the eide under it. This missing logos is, however, [...]

Socrates on the Offspring of the Good

By |2018-11-21T08:38:56-05:00April 25th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College, The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann, Truth|

1. Socrates yields to Glaucon. He will speak, though not of the Good itself but rather of its “offspring,” which is most like it (506e). Socrates reminds Glaucon of the “oft-told” story of the one and the many (cf. 476). Those many good and beautiful things are seen but not known, while the thing [...]

Socrates on Opinion, the Philosopher, & the Good

By |2019-07-30T14:48:07-05:00April 18th, 2016|Categories: Classics, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College, The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann, Truth|

A. 1. Glaucon’s introduction to philosophy will itself have a prelude. He will discover for himself the meaning of “opinion,” doxa.  Opinion in its various meanings determines the musical key of the different parts of the dialogue by its absence or presence. The outer ring of logoi is explicitly spoken in a signature appropriate to [...]

Socrates on Music and Poetry

By |2018-11-21T14:13:19-05:00April 11th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Liberal Learning, Myth, Socrates, St. John's College, The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann|

1a. We shall now show that, like Heracles, Socrates uses music to “civilize” his young guardian. He uses not the traditional music of the poets but his own restoration of true music; he shows how to apply seriously Damon’s thesis that a change in the character of a city’s music produces a change in [...]

Socrates on Democracy and the Just City

By |2018-11-21T08:38:57-05:00April 4th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Liberal Learning, Myth, Socrates, St. John's College, The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann|

A. 1. Socrates is about to go on with the investigation of the unjust cities when he is again restrained, as once before on his way up to Athens (327), by a conspiracy of Polemarchus and Adeimantus (499). After some whispering, a vote is taken and the decree that has been passed is announced by Thrasymachus [...]

Socrates on the Founding & Degeneration of Cities

By |2018-11-21T08:38:58-05:00March 28th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Justice, Myth, Socrates, St. John's College, The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann|

A. 1-2. We come now to the arguments, the logoi, that form the broad middle ring encircling the center. Just as the question concerning the connection of justice to happiness is answered by bringing to light the human soul in its mythical shape, so the soul itself, that is, its formal “constitution,” is discovered [...]

Socrates’ Descent into Hell

By |2018-11-21T08:38:59-05:00March 21st, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Myth, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College, The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann|

A. "Socrates begins most of his investigations not at the center but at the periphery..." At the center of Plato's second longest dialogue, the Constitution (Politeia), usually called the Republic, there is an ergon, a deed or accomplishment. In order to find this center, it is necessary to establish the periphery. The Republic is composed [...]