Notes on Socrates and the outer and the inner City

John Martin - Ruins of an Ancient City - 1981.13 - Cleveland Museum of Art

Thesis 1: This openness to the other is why Socrates did not only reconstruct the ideal society according to the image of the soul. On the contrary, the city is not only an image of the soul, the soul is an inner city. The borders of this inner city – the body and social armor of a person – are some degrees the walls of the city to the outside. When the soul transitions from its inside to the unknown (the irrational outside), it realizes that the inner city needs a constitution.

Thesis 2: The meaning of science is not its independence but its independence within true dependencies.

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