Plato on The Equality of Women
 
 

(2300 Years Ago)


  • "Women should have their turn on the stage"

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  • "If we are to set women to the same tasks as men, we must teach them the same things"

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    Natural vs. Functional Differences
     
     
  • Some differences in nature are irrelevant
  • Relevant difference to an occupation is functional, not natural or biological
  • Women, Children, and War



     
     

    War Is Not To Be Just A Guy Thing
  • "Men and women will campaign together"
  • "They'll also take any sturdy children with them to war"
  • War As Public & Justification as Pragmatic  
  • Men, Women, and Children Involved

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  • Justification Lacking When Improved Aftermath Not Likely