Pursuing the Good: Ethics and Metaphysics in Plato's Republic: Ethics and Metaphysics in Plato's Republic

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Douglas Cairns
Edinburgh University Press, Nov 21, 2007 - Philosophy - 352 pages
This volume, the fourth in the Edinburgh Leventis Studies series, comprises a selection of papers from the conference held in Edinburgh March 2005 in conjunction with Professor Terry Penner's tenure of the A. G. Leventis Visiting Research Chair in Greek. It brings together contributions from leading Plato scholars from Britain, Europe and North America on a closely defined topic central to Plato's thought and to Ancient Philosophy--Plato's Form of the Good. The importance of the collection lies in the combination and presentation in one place of a range of different approaches to the good in Plato's Republic, and different solutions to the problems posed and proposed by these approaches. The two central issues, which form an underlying thread throughout the collection, are: first whether Plato's Republic is centred on what is good for individual humans, or on some quasi-moral good; and secondly, what the Form of the Good is. Pursuing the Good goes beyond recent studies in the field, and will appeal to classicists and philosophers alike. To the advanced student, it represents a wide-ranging introduction to central issues of Plato's philosophy; for the academic it will provide stimulus through antithetical and controversial solutions to questions old and new.

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1 What is the Form of the Good the Form of? A Question about the Plot of the Republic
2 Glaucons Challenge Rational Egoism and Ordinary Morality
3 Thrasymachean Rulers Altruistic Rulers and Socratic Rulers
4 Neutralism in Book I of the Republic
How Continuous with Socratic Ethics is Platonic Ethics?
6 The Form of the Good and the Good in Platos Republic
The Central Concept of Practical Thought
10 The Idea of the Good and the Other Forms in Platos Republic
11 The Aporia in the Charmides about Reflexive Knowledge and the Contribution to its Solution in the Sun Analogy of the Republic
12 The Good and Mathematics
Does the Republic Display an Analogy Between a Science of Ethics and Mathematics?
14 Inquiry and Justification in the Search for the Highest Good in Plato and Aristotle
15 The Carpenter and the Good
16 Conversion or Conversation? A Note on Platos Philosophical Methods

8 Is Platos Conception of the Form of the Good Contradictory?
9 The Good Essences and Relations

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Douglas Cairns is Professor of Classics at the University of Edinburgh Fritz-Gregor Herrmann is Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Wales, Swansea Terrence Penner is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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