Plato’s Allegory and Isocrates’ writing against the Sophists

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GET ANSWER – Option #2: Submitting Handouts 1 & 2 and 2 Working Academic Paragraphs. In this assignment, you’ll submit your completed handouts Weeks 1 and 2–the one on the ideas of Plato’s Allegory and the one on Isocrates’ writing against the Sophists.

In option 2 of the assignment, you’ll also generate two working Academic Paragraphs based on key quotes that you mined while completing your handouts on each philosopher. The idea is that you practice the paragraph plans to test your ideas out in an academic format. If you find, after a few weeks, that these body paragraphs align with your final paper’s thesis, then you may choose to use these paragraphs in your final paper, either as they are written this week or as you revise them later for your final paper.

Here’s how that all ties together. Return to your handouts that you completed for each philosopher – the one on the ideas of Plato’s Allegory and the one on Isocrates’ writing against the Sophists.

Now, we’ll gather it all together to advance your ideas for the final paper, due in week 8.

For your assignment submission, you’ll want to offer:

1. 2 body paragraphs, one using a quote from each philosopher, so you’ll wand a paragraph plan built around a key quote from Isocrates and one from Plato. Make sure to include page numbers for your chosen quotes or passages–no paraphrasing! Note: quotes are required here. The more specific the connection to the exact words of the philosopher, the more you can debate your words in the paragraph plan against or for those exact words. For more, see the example below.

2. your completed handouts from weeks 1 and 2

3. 2-3 sentences discussing the specific passages from Plato and Isocrates that you are considering using in your final paper.

• IMPORTANT: Please combine steps 1-3 and submit in one Word document. That way, your Instructor can provide feedback in one document.

In this assignment, use the handout provided to complete the outlined process.

Hint: As you are working on Isocrates this week, be sure to complete the Key Points section first–list your three key points and complete filling out the subpoints, including adding at least one scholarly reference. You may use the References provided in the class, including the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Once you have completed the Key Points section, look at your points and ask: what is my modern-day theme that relates to all of the points I have gathered.

For example, if you mined a quote like this one from Isocrates:

Make sure to include page numbers for your chosen quotes or passages. Note: quotes are preferred here. The more specific the connection to the exact words of the philosopher, the more you can debate your words in the paragraph plan against or for those exact words. For more, see the example below.

“…the teachers who do not scruple to vaunt their powers with utter disregard of the truth have created the impression that those who choose a life of careless indolence are better advised than those who devote themselves to serious study.” – Section 6, Against the Sophists

You might include:

1. Real-life example: remember a time when you went to an informative lecture. The speaker kept promising all of this knowledge on how to get better at saving money, but when anyone asked for details, the speaker said that all of the good information was coming after you paid an additional fee for the deluxe package where you would also get a bunch of other items that you didn’t really want or need.

2. Example from pop culture: You remember seeing a similar system on a late night infomercial that you cite and offer the link. You visit the library and locate a source on television marketing and key ploys and cite that information in APA format so that you’ll have it ready to go for the final paper.

3. Example of an opposing argument: Then, you’d point out that no one forced the participants to listen to the message or pay any money, so what is the harm in having that message? You may also then counter that critic with your own opinion, noting that while there was not a requirement to participate, the persuasive nature of the Sophistry in the message put the speaker at an unfair and unethical advantage over the reader.

That’s what one entry item on a theme might look like. For each handout, you’ll complete at least three key points, or themes, and complete steps a-c. From there, you’ll evaluate those key points, and you’ll form one, larger, overarching theme that reflects your overall stance or take away from the philosopher.

Your submission for this assignment should be 2 pages in length and should include at least two scholarly reference. That reference should be located in the sections B or C of the handout and should be tied to an APA References list at the end of the paper. In addition to your writing for this assignment, include the handouts from Weeks 1 & 2 to the end of your finished paper.

Reference:

Socrates. (2016). The allegory of the cave (S. Eyer, Trans.). Translation from Plato’s Republic 514b–518d (“Allegory of the Cave”), Harvard University. https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/seyer/files/plato_republic_514b-518d_allegory-of-the-cave.pdf

Isocrates. (1980). Isocrates with an English Translation in three volumes (G. Norlin, Trans.). Translation from Against the Sophists. Harvard University Press. (Original work published ca. 393 B.C. E.)

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