Date of Submission

Spring 2012

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Thomas Bartscherer

Abstract/Artist's Statement

An investigation of the relationship between the philosopher and the polis in Plato’s dialogs which seeks to conclude that the philosopher who lives in the polis becomes a stranger first to the city and second to himself. In Plato’s Apology, Crito, and Republic, the philosopher has a necessity for city which is based both in his need for the material provisions of the city, such as food and shelter, and in his need to become a philosopher. As the philosopher pursues self-knowledge in the polis, he becomes a stranger to the institution of the polis, and soon realizes that his practice of philosophy entails alienating himself.

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