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Plato's Utopia RecastHis Later Ethics and Politics$
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Christopher Bobonich

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199251436.001.0001

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Philosophers and Non‐Philosophers in the Phaedo and the Republic

Philosophers and Non‐Philosophers in the Phaedo and the Republic

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(p.1) 1 Philosophers and Non‐Philosophers in the Phaedo and the Republic
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Plato's Utopia Recast
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Christopher Bobonich (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199251436.003.0001

Explores Plato's two most important earlier discussions of non‐philosophers: that in the Phaedo, in which Plato for the first time takes as a central theme the differences between philosophers and non‐philosophers, and that of the Republic, which is the most extensive and philosophically rich account of non‐philosophers in the middle period. It examines the psychology and the epistemology of the Phaedo and the Republic and shows that they have pessimistic implications for the ethical capacities of non‐philosophers and for Plato's political theory.

Keywords:   happiness, non‐philosophers, philosophers, virtue

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