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Paideia, The Ideals of Greek Culture, by Werner Jaeger. Vol. I: Archaic Greece; the Mind of Athens ( and ), pp. Vol. II: In Search of the Divine. Other than the Republic, we will greatly rely on the second volume of Werner Jaeger's work Paideia: the Ideals of Greek Culture. In order to achieve the above . Greek education and carries the history from Homer to B.C. It is addressed to all who ' in the present-day battle for the existence of our ancient culture seek.

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Paideia: the Ideals of Greek Culture. By WERNER JAEGER. Translated from the German Manuscript. By GILBERT HIGHET. VOLUME III. THE CONFLICT OF. [Werner Jaeger] Paideia the Ideals of Greek Cultu( - Ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online. Jaeger () published the first volume of a three-volume work on the classical age of Greece that he called. Paideia: die Formung des classischen.

Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Paideia in Plato. Monchena Thomas. Contents I. The Concept of Paideia in Plato

Introduction This paper, is a follow-up to the theme La paideia in Platone that was presented by Prof. But in this paper, just like Prof. Cambiano, we limit ourselves to the educational system which Plato designed for the city as discussed in Republic. In the Republic, Plato illustrates his realization that the nature of the good human life true happiness cannot be determined independently of the place of human beings within society; and that the nature of a just society depends on the education of its citizens.

Therefore, he sets forth paideia as an educational system that will educate, form, train individuals who can serve as virtuous ruling class. In the Republic, Plato sets forth an ideal rather than a description of an existing educational curriculum or even the education that was taught in his Academy.

In order to achieve the above goal, we need to find out what is, according to Plato, the ultimate goal of educating the city? For Plato, the ultimate goal of education is the justice in the state. These questions are answered in part II where the concept of paideia is elaborated.

In part III we show that for paideia to produce a just society, according to Plato, it must take into account the nature of the soul, that is, it must be a kind of education which is in accordance with the nature of the soul. According W. Although he deliberately confines himself to Greece, he is not bound to any particular region or city within it.

The physical conditions of his city are never mentioned. They concern him neither geologically nor anthropologically. The training described in the Republic has nothing to do with the race which lives in the city—the entire population. For Plato, it equally means that our incarnate spirit cannot acquire its proper sense if it is not within a more just society. The role and the quality moral and intellectual of the educator are highlighted in part V of this paper.

In regard to this, as my conclusion I shall briefly examine and indicate what kind of freedom or liberality does paideia aim to produce in individuals, and how does this liberality make an individual to become a virtuous citizen and ruler?

It captures the whole concept of cultural formation of man according to the truth that is founded on the philosophical knowledge. For Plato, philosophical knowledge was seen as the highest and deserving form of knowledge. According to Werner Jaeger, none of the modern expressions like civilization, culture, tradition, literature, or education really and sufficiently denote what paideia meant for the Greeks. In its original Greek meaning, Paideia, had to do with the formation and shaping of the Greek character.

According to Richard Tarnas, paideia is: Higher in terms of moral virtue, and intellectual wisdom. It meant the whole process of educating man into his true form, the real and genuine human nature. Plato and the Greeks before him, believed that the laws of human nature are embodied in culture; and literature written or oral poems, stories , traditions, religion, sciences, and arts are the depositories of culture.

Werner Jaeger tells us that: They held them to be embodied in literature, which is the real expression of all higher culture. He also proposed to extend the educational system to include a series of mathematical studies: He recognized the practical values of such studies, but his main purpose was to teach the meaning and the method of attaining truth as distinct from mere opinion.

Education and the Nature of the Soul Plato states clearly certain principles on which any real educational theory must be based.

His first supposition is that in a democracy where all men are to be capable of ruling themselves, each citizen must be highly educated. He thus introduced to the Athenian world a new thesis, a new principle of education. GOOD and J. Werner Jaeger says a similar thing: Because vocational and technical training, does not lead to the cultivation and the nourishment of the true nature of the whole person.

Education was for Plato, the cultural activity that nurtures man to be a better person, who knows the good and does the good.

In the Republic Plato clearly shows that education aims at political justice; but he also shows that there is parallel relation between the state and the soul, such that he discusses of justice in the soul and justice in the state. Werner Jaeger indicates the nature of this relation in the following: The soul of man is the prototype of Plato's state. The close relation of the state and the soul is hinted at in the remarkable way in which Plato comes to discuss the state.

The title of the book makes us think that now at last the state will be announced as the true ultimate aim of the long discussion of justice. And yet Plato treats the state simply as a means to explain the aim, nature, and function of justice in the soul. Since there is justice both in the soul and in the state as a whole, we must be able to spell out its character in the state, that larger although more distant picture, in bigger and clearer letters than in the individual soul.

Actually, his description of justice and its function in 8 W. The middle class would be a class of soldiers warriors ; who were to be motivated by spirit of honor and courage. First, because rhythm and harmony permeate the innermost element of the soul, affect it more powerfully than anything else, and bring it grace, such education makes one graceful if one is properly trained, and the opposite if one is not.

The problem of the Republic is the problem of justice or righteousness. To repeat it in more general form, that is a just state or society in which each individual is in the place for which his nature and capacity fit him, doing those things and only those that he can do best.

In this sense, justice means excellence, and education is necessary to achieve that excellence. This is why Plato declares that the education of children must begin with the education of their souls. Therefore, the first object of any education is to subject the lower nature, i. In the discourse between Socrates and his interlocutors in the Republic it is said by Socrates: And surely once our constitution is well started, it will, as it were, go on growing in a circle.

For good education and upbringing, if they are kept up, produce good natures; and sound natures, which in turn receive such an education, grow up even better than their predecessors in every respect—but particularly with respect to their offspring, as in the case of all the other animals.

For example he says: Shall we carelessly allow our children to hear any old stories made up by just anyone, then, and to take beliefs into their souls that are, for the most part, the opposite of the ones we think they should hold when they are grown up? Through letters, musical songs, and poetry, the students were taught all the values of life. That way they cultivated and nourished their mind and soul.

The educators talked to the students about the virtue, the bravery, the deeds and the glory of the past heroes, so that the youths tried to imitate them and follow their footsteps. We therefore, must insist that philosophy, or any for education that is tasked to form and transform man should take seriously the proper position and the harmony between material and spiritual aspects of man.


This means that our educational aim must be higher, must be more spiritual. We will persuade nurses and mothers to tell the acceptable ones to their children, and to spend far more time shaping their souls with these stories than they do shaping their bodies by handling them.

Many of the stories they tell now, however, must be thrown out. But how does one get to know how to preserve this harmony? According to Plato, the only way man can know and preserve an equilibrated relation between body and soul is by being taught true values.

The young must be taught so as not to confuse lead and gold, glass and diamond. Only the connection of morality and religion and the educational system will teach and cultivate this in the young.

This is well summarized by Jaeger as follows: Education, therefore, for Plato is in the service of the soul and the divine. What is new in his idea of education? The idea here is that, in Republic Plato accepted some of the main views of the education and practice of Athens but rejected or offered criticism to some.

It also resembles the old Greek education which was primarily concerned with moral formation and character moulding rather than the development of intellect or the acquisition of a wide range of knowledge. However, Plato showed dissatisfaction on what was the aim of traditional education. Should education aim only at making people physically strong and courageous? What, then, will the education be?

Or is it difficult to find a better one than the one that has been discovered over a long period of time—physical training for bodies and musical training for the soul? The aim of his new paideia was to train pupils to look down on practical and specialized learning, training, and learning for the extrinsic benefits. The traditional Greek educational system, was more a matter of private individuals.

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