The Soul-Turning Metaphor in Plato’s Republic Book 7

Classical Philology 177 (3):525-542 (2022)
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This paper examines the soul-turning metaphor in Book 7 of Plato’s Republic. It argues that the failure to find a consistent reading of how the metaphor is used has contributed to a number of long-standing disagreements, especially concerning the more famous metaphor with which it is intertwined, the Cave allegory. A full reading of the metaphor, as it occurs throughout Book 7, is offered, with particularly close attention to what is one of the most difficult and stubbornly divisive passages in Book 7, 532b6–d1.

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Damien Storey
Koc University


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