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The Idea of the Good and the other Forms in Plato’s <i>Republic</i> 

Fritz-Gregor Herrmann

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/9780748628117.003.0011
The Idea of the Good and the other Forms in Plato’s Republic 

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This chapter attempts to distinguish the way in which Plato in the Republic talks about the good itself from the way in which he talks about the just, the temperate, the brave, etc. It suggests that the obvious respect in which the idea of the good differs from the other forms points not so much to a revision of views expressed about the forms earlier, for example in the Phaedo, as to an explication in light of which the Phaedo and other earlier dialogues should be re-read. On the basis of this investigation, some tentative conclusions are drawn concerning the development or, respectively, the systematic nature of Plato's ontology in the dialogues up to and including the Republic.

Keywords: Plato; Republic; good; just; temperate; brave; Phaedo; dialogues

Chapter.  13877 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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