Socrates simple city v. creative city
THE SIMPLE CITY & THE CREATIVE CITY
AUGUSTINE: WE CAN ACHIEVE THE BENEFITS OF BOTH
Socrates’ ‘simple’ city is a society of specialization, a city of justice which is made possible by well ‘balance.’ There is no ruler because everyone takes on their role faithfully, and nature is what decides each individual should have an occupation in. All necessities are provided by each individual taking on each of the roles necessary in the simple city. Thus according to Socrates, a just city is a city of specialization which has achieved a correct balance—everyone doing what is intended to do, as it is intended to be done. This is virtue.
However Glaucon introduces some criticisms upon the idealistic view of this ‘simple’ city of Socrates by bringing up the idea of the ‘creative’ city—where the pursuit of necessities is insufficient for the ideal structure of a city. He claims that the simple city may appear ideal and bring stability within the city however this will not satisfy some people as their pursuit towards comfort, beautiful things and are is infinite; “…all sorts of furniture like couches and tables,