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understand that a true captain must pay attention to the seasons
of the year, the sky, the stars, the winds, and all that pertains
to his craft, if he’s really to be the ruler of a ship. And they
don’t believe that there is any craft that would enable him to determine
how he should steer the ship, whether the others want him to or
not, or any possibility of mastering this alleged craft or of practicing
it at the same time as the craft of navigation. Don’t you think that
the true captain will be called a real stargazer, a babbler, and
a good-for-nothing by those who sail in ships governed in that way?
After Socrates presents his notion of
a philosopher-king in Book VI, Adeimantus objects by pointing out
that all real-life philosophers are either vicious or useless.
Socrates responds by drawing an analogy to a ship governed by violent
men, ignorant of navigation. His intention is to demonstrate that
a good philosopher would necessarily be considered useless under
current circumstances. True knowledge is not valued in modern Athens,
nor even believed possible, and so anyone who tries to live their
life by pursuing and praising real knowledge (as the true philosopher
must do) will be thought a useless fool.
Ace your assignments with our guide to The Republic!