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Why Plato and Ribbons

Stephen G. Miller

in The Berkeley Plato

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520258334.003.0012
Why Plato and Ribbons

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At the end of the Republic, Plato sets forth his notion of the immortality of the soul. This has something to do with the second quotation on the shaft of the Berkeley Plato which states,“Every soul is immortal.”.According to that book, soul is, indeed, immortal and that the total number of souls is immutable; each lives in cycles of eleven hundred years, depending upon the justice and virtue of the hundred years just completed. This chapter notes that the image projected by the artifact is clear: if we lead the good, the just, the wise life, at the end of the race, we will be victorious and go on our final victory lap to collect our ribbons. This is the beribboned Plato at Berkeley—a portrait of the good, immortal soul; of the virtuous member of society; of the philosopher and of his philosophy.

Keywords: Plato; Berkeley Plato; immortal soul; philosophy; Republic

Chapter.  804 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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