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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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Platonic Love

Platonic Love

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(p.298) 18 Platonic Love
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Plato's Ethics
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Terence Irwin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195086457.003.0018

The main goal of chapter 18 is to emphasise the importance of love in the Republic but also more generally in Plato’s ethics. To begin with, it is considered how love is able to fill the gap between the rational and the irrational part of the soul. Thus, it is shown how love can be the key element to link self-regarding and other-regarding virtues. Finally, how love allows Plato to consider justice as a non-instrumental good is investigated.

Keywords:   Appetitive part, Justice, Love, Non-instrumental good, Other-regarding virtues, Rational part, Virtues, Plato, Republic, Self-regarding virtues, Soul, Spirited part

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