The Core Curriculum, Series 2, Episode 4: The Republic, Book 4

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Michial Farmer, Todd Pedlar, and David Grubbs talk about book four of Plato’s Republic.

Show Notes

But I incline to come to the alarming conclusion that it is just the literature that we read for ‘amusement’, or ‘purely for pleasure’ that may have the greatest and least suspected influence upon us. Hence it is that the influence of popular novelists, and of popular plays of contemporary life, requires to be scrutinized most closely. And it is chiefly contemporary literature that the majority of people ever read in this attitude of ‘purely for pleasure’, of pure passivity.

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