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Pursuing the GoodEthics and Metaphysics in Plato's Republic$
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Douglas Cairns and Fritz-Gregor Herrmann

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748628117

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748628117.001.0001

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

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

(p.202) 10 The Idea of the Good and the other Forms in Plato’s Republic
Pursuing the Good

Fritz-Gregor Herrmann

Edinburgh University Press

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

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