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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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Republic I

Republic I

(p.169) 11 Republic I
Plato's Ethics

Terence Irwin (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapter 11 considers book I of the Republic and mainly treats the role book I plays in the dialogue. It is argued that book I is written to illustrate how the Socrates of the early dialogues would have tried to find a definition of justice. Hence, the goal of this book appears to show the limits of a certain way of searching for definitions and to dismiss it. The role of the other characters of book I--Cephalus, Polemarchus, and Thrasymachus-- is relevant in order to describe fully the aporetic character of this approach.

Keywords:   Aporetic, Cephalus, Definition, Plato, Justice, Polemarchus, Republic, Socrates, Thrasymachus

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