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Plato's Ethics$
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Terence Irwin

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195086454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195086457.001.0001

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The Theory of Forms

The Theory of Forms

(p.148) 10 The Theory of Forms
Plato's Ethics

Terence Irwin (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

With chapter 10, the author starts the long study of the Republic, which lasts for 9 chapters. This chapter discusses the relevance of the theory of forms for Plato’s ethics. Considering the crucial passages of the Republic book V but also of the Phaedo, it is argued that the distinction between sensibles and forms is significant for ethics. Socrates fails to provide proper definitions in ethics because, lacking the theory of forms, he unsuccessfully tries to make the definitions fit with sensible properties.

Keywords:   Definition, Phaedo, Republic, Plato, Sensibles, Senses, Theory of forms

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