Cephalus, Odysseus, and the Importance of Experience

C. D. C. Reeve

in Blindness and Reorientation

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199934430
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980659 | DOI:
Cephalus, Odysseus, and the Importance of Experience

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Cephalus more or less begins the Republic; Odysseus more or less ends it. The two are seldom compared, yet each is portrayed as making good life choices despite being ignorant of philosophy. This chapter argues that the reason for this is that experience is being recognized as having an important role to play in craft knowledge and so in the wisdom of the philosopher-kings. The chapter also discusses the dramatis personae of the Republic and their importance.

Keywords: Cephalus; Odysseus; Thrasymachus; experience; craft; Phaedrus; rhetoric; Myth of Er

Chapter.  8181 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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