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The Myth of Er is an analogy used in Plato's Republic. It is mentioned at the end of the last of the ten books in The Republic. Plato Plato (Greek: Πλάτων, Plátōn) (c. ... The Republic is an influential dialogue by Plato, written in the first half of the 4th century BC. This Socratic dialogue mainly is about political philosophy and ethics. ...


With the analogy, Plato seems to have been attempting to introduce the concept that morally good people should be rewarded after death, and morally bad people should be punished after death.


Within the dialogue Socrates introduces it by telling the interlocutors of the "Myth of Er". In this story, a man named Er dies and sees the judgment of the dead, and the reward of the morally good after a one thousand year journey, and at the same time punishment of the bad. Er is returned to life, to report what he has seen. This article is about the ancient Greek philosopher, for all other uses see: Socrates (disambiguation) Socrates (June 4, ca. ...


At the end of the myth each character chooses a new life for their next life and Odysseus prefers a life of an ordinary citizen. Odysseus and the Sirens. ...


This section of the Republic is particularly significant in that it is one of the first extant texts to deal with the issue of responsibility and choice concerning personal action, which is become one of the central questions of Western philosophy.


Comparing something to a "Myth of Er" is saying that it began a new series of thought or action where there was none before, and all others can be traced back to it.


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Myth of Er - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (537 words)
The Myth of Er is an analogy used in Plato's Republic.
Within the dialogue Socrates introduces it by telling the interlocutors of the "Myth of Er." In this story, a man named Er dies and sees the judgment of the dead, and the reward of the morally good after a one thousand year journey, and at the same time punishment of the bad.
Er was a warrior who died in battle and was brought back to life after ten days.
Plato: The Myth of Er (485 words)
Plato: The Myth of Er Plato (428-348 B.C.)
This is the tale of a warrior, Er, the son of Armenius, by race a Pamphylian.
Er himself, he said, was not allowed to drink of the water, yet how and in what way he returned to the body he said he did not know, but suddenly recovering his sight he saw himself at dawn lying on the funeral pyre.
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