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Plato's PhilebusA Philosophical Discussion$
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Panos Dimas, Russell E. Jones, and Gabriel R. Lear

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198803386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198803386.001.0001

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The Dialogue’s Finale

The Dialogue’s Finale

Philebus 64c–67b

(p.253) 15 The Dialogue’s Finale
Plato's Philebus

Verity Harte

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Chapter 15 argues that in Philebus 64c–67b, at the close of the dialogue, Socrates carefully recapitulates the terms of the dialogue’s second contest, set out at 22c5–e3, and proceeds to draw together the threads of the dialogue’s answer to them. The basis for the fivefold ranking of goods he advances is causal: each higher-ranked good has causal responsibility of a different order or kind than each lower-ranked good. Of the triple characteristics—beauty, proportion, and truth—truth does not appear in the ranking because, though a requisite of every good that has come into being, it is not a causally responsible good-making feature.

Keywords:   Plato, Philebus, pleasure, reason, value, causal responsibility, truth

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