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    Socrates's Purpose of the "Noble Lie"

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    Discuss Socrates' careful attention to the so-called "noble lie" that Socrates tells at 414d, ff. Why is Socrates compelled to tell this lie? How is the purpose of the lie related to the purpose of the preceding discussion of the censorship of the poets?

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    Note: I am using the G.M.A. Grube translation that was revised by C.D.C. Reeve published 1992, your translation may differ.

    The Noble Lie, I would suggest, is proposed to support the status quo of the ideal government that Socrates is suggesting. It gives a reason why there would ...

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