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Having expelled from the Republic "the poetry that aims at pleasure and imitation," Socrates provides for the ban's possible repeal, saying "we'll allow its defenders to speak in prose on its behalf and show that it is beneficial both to constitutions and to human life" (607d). Why does Socrates expel poetry? What kind of defense could make him change his mind? Does Aristotle's... read more

As Bob is driving on an exit off the freeway, he comes to a stop light and sees a homeless man asking people for spare change. “See, he’s a perfect example of why we shouldn’t be giving welfare benefits...

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