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Socrates and the Healthy Diet

Key passages from Plato's Republic IX
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christa acampora

on 18 March 2013

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Transcript of Socrates and the Healthy Diet

Ways of
Filling Up Types of
Fillings Diet of Justice Socrates describes the just life as one that is both healthy and happy. It is a certain way of acting and nourishing oneself. Victories "And which kinds partake more of pure being? Kinds of filling up such as filling up with bread or drink or delicacies or food in general?

Or the kind of filling up that is with true belief, knowledge, understanding, and in sum, with all of virtue? " (585e) Forms Foods (cc) photo by Jakob Montrasio How to be full forever Rewards Process Pleasure Advantage Good Reputation "First, he rouses his rational part and feasts it on fine arguments and speculations; second he neither starves nor feasts his appetites, so that they will slumber and not disturb his best part with either their pleasure or their pain, "if being filled with what is appropriate to our nature is pleasure, that which is more filled with things that are more enjoys more really and truly a more true pleasure, while which partakes of things that are less is less truly and surely filled and partakes of a less trustworthy and less true pleasure" (585e); others experience "mere images and shadow-paintings of true pleasures (586c) Judge it this way: That which is related to what is always the same, immortal, and true, is itself of that kind, and comes to be in something of that kind—this is more, don't you think, than that which is related to what is never the same and mortal, is itself of that kind, and comes to be in something of that kind?" (585c) A moment on the lips... Last until the next battle Last forever but they'll leave it alone, pure and by itself, to get on with its investigations, to yearn after and perceive something, it knows not what, whether it is past, present, or future; third, he soothes his spirited part in the same way, for example, by not falling asleep with his spirit still aroused after an outburst of anger. And when he has quieted these two parts and aroused the third, in which reason resides, and so takes his rest, you know that it is then that he best grasps the truth and that the visions that appear in his dreams are least lawless" (571e-572b).
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