The Form of the Good and The Good in Plato’s <i>Republic</i>

Christopher Rowe

in Pursuing the Good

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748628117
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652488 | DOI:
The Form of the Good and The Good in Plato’s Republic

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This chapter addresses a topic that everyone will agree in locating at the very centre of Plato's philosophy: his conception of the good. However, it proposes to address the topic from an unusual perspective. The chapter argues that the Good of the Republic, so far from representing a break with the good of the ‘Socratic’ dialogues, cannot be properly understood except from the vantage of those dialogues. It proposes that Plato's text indicates a certain close relative of identity between the goods involved. Instead of throwing away whatever we may glean about the good from the ‘Socratic’ dialogues, on the grounds that the Republic shows Plato moving on from them, we should actually make those dialogues our starting point. Indeed the second, and more specific, part of the chapter is devoted to a demonstration that Plato directly invites us to do just that.

Keywords: good; Plato; Republic; Socratic dialogues

Chapter.  15748 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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