16 - Plato's Republic 5: Lies, Noble Lies and Gymnastics
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This episode covers the second half of book 3 of Plato’s Republic. Glaucon and Socrates develop a completely immersive education program for the guardians that controls every aspect of their social and physical environment. Then, they tell them it never happened because actually they were sleeping underground being built by the god to defend the city. Glaucon doubts anyone would believe this “noble lie,” but Socrates isn’t too worried. Ideology finds a way. 

 

Credits: 

Glaucon: Zachary Amzallag

Ancient music: Michael Levy

References: Mozart-brain

 


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