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Neutralism In Book I of the <i>Republic</i>

George Rudebusch

in Pursuing the Good

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748628117
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652488 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748628117.003.0005
Neutralism In Book I of the Republic

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This chapter shows that both the ruler-qua-ruler argument and the rulers-in-our-cities argument refute Thrasymachus' doctrine that the truly wise are egoists. Those arguments establish the thesis of wisdom's neutralism, not altruism. While Tony Chu's argument would establish that, after all, the wise must be egoists, his argument depends upon two false premises, C1 and C2. The falsity of these premises is further support for the thesis of wisdom's neutralism. The wise ruler qua ruler, who rules freely and agent neutrally, is a person. This wise person does not rule involuntarily and subordinated to his own needs, as do the rulers identified in T by Thrasymachus.

Keywords: Thrasymachus; ruler-qua-ruler; egoists; wisdom

Chapter.  7293 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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