December 18, 2019
Most of the Republic concerns a political model which certainly doesn't hold up to scrutiny today (if it was ever meant to). Our concern, instead, is to focus on the visionary aspects of the text which can been seen as independent of the politics, and which have been enormously influential on the spiritual imagination ever since.
The three parts of the soul (Book IV, 434d-441c)
Analogies of the sun and of the divided line (Book VI, 507b-511e)
The allegory of the cave (Book VII, 514a–520a)
The myth of Er (Book X, 614b-621d)