The ART OF this and that in Platos Republic

the art of making money (which distinguished between INHERITED WEALTH vs WEALTH created by an entrepreneur)
the art of the vine-dresser
the art of the soldier
the art of medicine ministers (doctors/physicians);
the art of horsemanship
the art of the shepherd
the art of the ruler (king, administrator, dictator)
the art of payment
the art of the pilot
the art of receiving pay
the art of the builder

the art of persuading courts and assemblies


the art of the painter and every other creative and constructive art are full of them, —
architecture, and
every kind of manufacture;
also nature, animal and vegetable,
–in all of them there is grace or the absence of grace.

the art of reading

(no mention of the art of)

the art of war
the art of contradiction
the art of weaving, and the management of pancakes and preserves, in which womankind does really appear to be great, and in which for her to be beaten by a man is of all things the most absurd?

the art of navigation

the art of war
the art of number

(no mention of the art of)

Book IX
the art of conjuring and of deceiving by light
the art of painting designed to be –an imitation of things as they are,
Book X
the art of painting

Book I has the very FIRST mention of “the art of” MAKING MONEY – May I ask, Cephalus, whether your fortune was for the most part inherited or acquired by you?

Acquired! Socrates; do you want to know how much I acquired? In the art of making money I have been midway between my father and grandfather: for my grandfather, whose name I bear, doubled and trebled the value of his patrimony, that which he inherited being much what I possess now; but my father Lysanias reduced the property below what it is at present: and I shall be satisfied if I leave to these my sons not less but a little more than I received.

THE SECOND mention of “the art of” has to do with JUSTICE – When you want a deposit to be kept safely. You mean when money is not wanted, but allowed to lie fallow (idle)?


That is to say, justice is useful when money is useless? (keeping it safe in a bank.)

That is the inference.

And when you want to keep a pruning-hook safe, then justice is useful to the individual and to the state; but when you want to use it, then the art of the vine-dresser?


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