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The Case for Censorship in Book III of Plato's Republic: An Examination with Application to the Age of Globalization

D. A. Constant.

In Book III of Plato's Republic, Socrates argues that bad art corrupts society and consequently must be censored. Though many have argued that this view is hopelessly totalitarian, the invasion of cultural heritages by the advertising interests of corporate powers has suggested that so-called "freedom of expression" can also be a license for cultural domination. In such a situation, a restriction on access of media into public spaces is required to defend the freedom of cultures resistant to these invasions of their cultural space. While arguing that Plato's discussion is rightly criticized in not making any distinction between public and private space, I claim that aspects Plato's argument for censorship might be appropriated in defending certain restrictions of expression in the name of cultural freedom.


D. A. Constant  (United States)
Ph. D. Student
Department of Philosophy
Boston University

  • Advertising
  • Art
  • Censorship
  • Freedom
  • Globalization
Person as Subject
  • Plato

(30 min Conference Paper, English)