Educating the Guardians

I love talking with freshmen about what the heck they’re in college for. That was the subject today, and as usual, Plato provided us a clear, theory-heavy model against which students could push.

Without much effort at all I got both classes thinking about atoms and electrons and the fact that, even though none of us has actually seen an electron, we all believe in them and in fact live electricity-powered lives, secure within a theory no less theory-laden than Plato’s theory of justice.

My hope is that we’ll get some good freedom papers cooking. We finish up the education section Wednesday, then get into Plato’s exploration of false justice/freedom/goodness.

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