Individual Good and Deliberative Conflict through the Time of Plato

Nicholas White

in Individual and Conflict in Greek Ethics

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780198250593
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598661 | DOI:
 Individual Good and Deliberative Conflict through the Time of Plato

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Before Plato there are ample cases in which Greek poets, philosophers, and politicians recognize the possibility that individual and social good can conflict. Nor does Plato think that a full understanding of the notion of one's good must demonstrate that it cannot conflict with standards of justice. On the contrary, Plato holds that such conflicts can occur even in the case of the rulers of his ideal city‐state. This idea is not contradicted by evidence of other works, such as the Meno, the Symposium, and the Philebus. Nevertheless, although Plato's view admits what is normally thought to be a characteristically Kantian conflict of ethical standards with one's good, it still possesses some distinctly eudaimonistic elements that are at variance with the Kantian view.

Keywords: city‐state; deliberative conflict; good; happiness; inclusivism; justice; Kantian; Meno; Plato; polis; Socrates; Symposium; well‐being

Chapter.  32758 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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