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Republic I

Terence Irwin

in Plato's Ethics

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780195086454
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833306 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195086457.003.0011
Republic I

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Chapter 11 considers book I of the Republic and mainly treats the role book I plays in the dialogue. It is argued that book I is written to illustrate how the Socrates of the early dialogues would have tried to find a definition of justice. Hence, the goal of this book appears to show the limits of a certain way of searching for definitions and to dismiss it. The role of the other characters of book I--Cephalus, Polemarchus, and Thrasymachus-- is relevant in order to describe fully the aporetic character of this approach.

Keywords: Aporetic; Cephalus; Definition; Plato; Justice; Polemarchus; Republic; Socrates; Thrasymachus

Chapter.  6468 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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