Philosophers and Non‐Philosophers in the Phaedo and the Republic

Christopher Bobonich

in Plato's Utopia Recast

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199251438
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597084 | DOI:
 Philosophers and Non‐Philosophers in the  Phaedo and the  Republic

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Explores Plato's two most important earlier discussions of non‐philosophers: that in the Phaedo, in which Plato for the first time takes as a central theme the differences between philosophers and non‐philosophers, and that of the Republic, which is the most extensive and philosophically rich account of non‐philosophers in the middle period. It examines the psychology and the epistemology of the Phaedo and the Republic and shows that they have pessimistic implications for the ethical capacities of non‐philosophers and for Plato's political theory.

Keywords: happiness; non‐philosophers; philosophers; virtue

Chapter.  35920 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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