Is Plato’s Conception of the form of the Good Contradictory? 

Gerhard Seel

in Pursuing the Good

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748628117
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652488 | DOI:
Is Plato’s Conception of the form of the Good Contradictory? 

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Wanted posters normally contain a certain number of characteristic features of the individual being looked for. And if these features taken together are sufficiently specific, there should be – in the ideal case – only one individual who corresponds to the given description. However, imagine that the characteristics the police have at their disposal are not consistent. In this case they have no chance of running a successful investigation. This seems to be the exact situation we find ourselves in when we start our investigation of Plato's Form of the Good, or so some scholars in the field believe. In order to see whether there is such a contradiction in Plato's characterization of the Form of the Good, this chapter begins with a summary of these characteristics. It then shows that Plato's conception of the Form of the Good is not contradictory, and that it makes sense as a philosophical theory.

Keywords: Plato; Form of Good; wanted posters; philosophical theory

Chapter.  13728 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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