Rapporti analogici tra individuo e società nella Repubblica di Platone

Tommaso Meozzi


This article analyses the complex relationship between the logical and the analogical dimension in the Republic of Plato, focusing synchronically on three analogies: polis-soul, polis-body and soul-body. The aim is to demonstrate first how the analogies help Plato to give strength to his political description, and second how the power relationships provide intelligible models for the description of the human being. The analogical value of the power relationships and the political value of the analogies emerge as inseparably linked. The article proves at the same time how the analogy between the ideal polis and a timeless image of the soul is only possible due to the medical analogy between the polis and the body, which separate clearly the Greek culture from the «barbaric» populations.


Plato’s Republic; analogy; polis; soul; body politic

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-22819

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