And it is evident that you don’t. It looks like you got the quote here:“[Education] isn’t the craft of putting sight into the soul. Education takes for granted that sight is there but that it isn’t turned the right way or looking where it ought to look, and it tries to redirect it appropriately.”
(The Republic, Book VII)
You either get it or you don't.
rather than from the text itself.“[Education] isn’t the craft of putting sight into the soul. Education takes for granted that sight is there but that it isn’t turned the right way or looking where it ought to look, and it tries to redirect it appropriately.”
(The Republic, Book VII) https://medium.com/@amandasong/turning- ... 0e4d361db1
From the Bloom translation:
You lack the self-awareness to see that you make the exact mistake that Plato is correcting. When you talk about “the perennial teaching that has always existed”, “objective meaning and purpose”, and a “higher reality” these are things that have been put in your mind, not things that your soul has been turned around to see."Then, if this is true," I said, "we must hold the following about: these things: education is not what the professions of certain men assert it to be. They presumably assert that they put into the soul knowledge that isn't in it, as though they were putting sight into blind eyes."
"Yes," he said, "they do indeed assert that."
"But the present argument, on the other hand," I said, "indicates that this power is in the soul of each, and that the instrument with
which each learns—just as an eye is not able to turn toward the light from the dark without the whole body—must be turned around from
that which is coming into being together with the whole soul until it is able to endure looking at that which is and the brightest part of that which is. And we affirm that this is the good, don't we?"
"There would, therefore," I said, "be an art of this turning around, concerned with the way in which this power can most easily
and efficiently be turned around, not an art of producing sight in it. Rather, this art takes as given that sight is there, but not rightly turned nor looking at what it ought to look at, and accomplishes this object. (518b-d).
The distinction between what is heard and what is seen is a well known distinction between religion/revelation and philosophy. You take what you are told and imagine they are things you have seen or know or that you have the potential to see or know. That is not philosophical education, it is indoctrination.