Event Title

Plato is a Feminist: An Examination of The Republic, Book V

Presenter Information

Cassandra Griffiths

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Coleen Zoller

Start Date

24-4-2018 4:20 PM

End Date

24-4-2018 5:20 PM

Description

In ancient philosophy, women's issues were not really considered by those in power. Scholars who study this time in philosophy are very uninterested in the ways women were treated, simply because that was not a topic of discussion among the famous philosophers. Some researchers have begun working on feminist interpretations of ancient works, in order to be able to decide whether or not a philosopher can and should be called a feminist. One specific philosopher who is at the center of several debates over this matter is Plato. Plato, student of Socrates, was one of the first men who believed that women have the potential to do several things in the same way men can. After reviewing works such as Plato's Republic Book V, I believe there is enough evidence to support the idea that Plato is a feminist.

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Plato is a Feminist: An Examination of The Republic, Book V

In ancient philosophy, women's issues were not really considered by those in power. Scholars who study this time in philosophy are very uninterested in the ways women were treated, simply because that was not a topic of discussion among the famous philosophers. Some researchers have begun working on feminist interpretations of ancient works, in order to be able to decide whether or not a philosopher can and should be called a feminist. One specific philosopher who is at the center of several debates over this matter is Plato. Plato, student of Socrates, was one of the first men who believed that women have the potential to do several things in the same way men can. After reviewing works such as Plato's Republic Book V, I believe there is enough evidence to support the idea that Plato is a feminist.