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Alcibiades: Why The Politically Ambitious Cannot Be Educated To Philosophic Virtue, Tori Nickol Apr 2016

Alcibiades: Why The Politically Ambitious Cannot Be Educated To Philosophic Virtue, Tori Nickol

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

In the Alcibiades I dialogue, Socrates attempts to educate the extremely ambitious and beautiful Alcibiades to a life of philosophic virtue. Despite this education, Alcibiades proceeds to a life of infamy and tyrannical aspirations, which prompts one to ask the question: what are the limits of a political individual in a philosophic life, and vice versa? Ultimately, an examination of the Alcibiades I dialogue reveals that political types generally fail as philosophers because they are dependent on the city for enabling their ignorance. Philosophers, by contrast, cannot be political men because they are too focused on the development of the ...