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Blindness and Reorientation: Problems in Plato's Republic

C.D.C. Reeve


Justice, Thrasymachus argues, is the advantage of the stronger. Though Socrates apparently refutes him, Plato’s brothers, Glaucon and Adeimantus, take up his argument anew, challenging Socrates to show that being just better furthers happiness than being unjust. The nature of this renewed challenge and the reason for it are hotly debated problems in the interpretation of the Republic. Equally problematic is the question of whether Socrates succeeds in meeting the challenge in the crucial case of the philosopher-kings, whom he claims are happiest of all. Central to his attempt is the tripartite ... More

Keywords: Plato’s epistemology, Plato’s metaphysics, Plato’s psychology, Plato’s ethics, Plato’s politics, Platonic dialectic, Eudaimonism, tripartite soul, Glaucon’s challenge, theory of forms, virtue ethics, technē

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199934430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C.D.C. Reeve, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill