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Individual and Conflict in Greek Ethics$
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Nicholas White

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250592.001.0001

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Individual Good and Deliberative Conflict through the Time of Plato

Individual Good and Deliberative Conflict through the Time of Plato

(p.155) 5 Individual Good and Deliberative Conflict through the Time of Plato
Individual and Conflict in Greek Ethics

Nicholas White (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Before Plato there are ample cases in which Greek poets, philosophers, and politicians recognize the possibility that individual and social good can conflict. Nor does Plato think that a full understanding of the notion of one's good must demonstrate that it cannot conflict with standards of justice. On the contrary, Plato holds that such conflicts can occur even in the case of the rulers of his ideal city‐state. This idea is not contradicted by evidence of other works, such as the Meno, the Symposium, and the Philebus. Nevertheless, although Plato's view admits what is normally thought to be a characteristically Kantian conflict of ethical standards with one's good, it still possesses some distinctly eudaimonistic elements that are at variance with the Kantian view.

Keywords:   city‐state, deliberative conflict, good, happiness, inclusivism, justice, Kantian, Meno, Plato, polis, Socrates, Symposium, well‐being

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