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The Happiness of the Philosopher-Kings

C. D. C. Reeve

in Blindness and Reorientation

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199934430
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934430.003.0009
The Happiness of the Philosopher-Kings

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In Republic 2, Glaucon and Adeimantus want to be shown that justice pays higher eudaimonistic dividends to the individual who has it in his soul than does injustice. Yet Glaucon later worries that precisely because philosophers have just souls they will consent to rule Kallipolis, even though they will “live a worse life when they could lead a better one” as a result. This chapter explains how Glaucon’s worries are resolved. It includes a new reading of the ship-of-state simile from Book 6 whose relevance to Glaucon’s worries has previously gone unnoticed.

Keywords: happiness of philosopher-kings; ship-of-state simile; compulsion and voluntariness; laws

Chapter.  10952 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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