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The Teleology of Action in Plato's Republic

Andrew Payne


This book explores the functional teleology of action present in Plato’s Republic. In many discussions of ancient philosophy, teleology is acknowledged as an important theme: events, actions, and the bodies of organisms in nature have particular characteristics for the sake of some end or purpose. Two varieties of teleology are commonly recognized, the natural teleology of organisms and the intentional teleology of action pursued with the goal of promoting a particular end. This book is devoted to the discussion of a third variety of teleology present in Plato’s Republic. In some cases, action ... More

Keywords: teleology, action, end, function, justice, soul, mathematics, good

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198799023
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198799023.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Payne, author
St Joseph's University, Philadelphia