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Platonic Love

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/10.1093/0195086457.003.0018
Platonic Love

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The main goal of chapter 18 is to emphasise the importance of love in the Republic but also more generally in Plato’s ethics. To begin with, it is considered how love is able to fill the gap between the rational and the irrational part of the soul. Thus, it is shown how love can be the key element to link self-regarding and other-regarding virtues. Finally, how love allows Plato to consider justice as a non-instrumental good is investigated.

Keywords: Appetitive part; Justice; Love; Non-instrumental good; Other-regarding virtues; Rational part; Virtues; Plato; Republic; Self-regarding virtues; Soul; Spirited part

Chapter.  11241 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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