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Republic: Justice, Knowledge, and the Problem of Love

Jeremy Barris

in The Crane's Walk

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229130
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229130.003.0013
Republic: Justice, Knowledge,               and the Problem of Love

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This chapter discusses some details of the overall structure of the argument of the Republic to show that Plato's philosophy is selfsame partly in that it demonstrates the significance of staying undecided between what is selfsame and what is other, and also staying undecided about that indecision itself. His philosophy shows an occasional, and sometimes only an occasional, identity of the internal and external connections that a thing has with itself and with other things. His dialogues present the same philosophy partly by being fundamentally different from each other in an indefinite variety of ways. At the same time, some of these differences themselves are, in different but equally fundamental respects, similarities. The Republic is famously taken to be about the nature and worth of justice as illuminated by Plato's idea of the best political state. In dealing with justice, the Republic deals as fundamentally with knowledge as it does with love.

Keywords: Plato; philosophy; dialogue; justice; political state; Republic; knowledge; love

Chapter.  13887 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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