Platonic Provocations: Reflections on the Soul and the Good in the Republic

In Dominic J. O'Meara (ed.), Platonic Investigations. Catholic University of Amer Press. pp. 163-193 (1985)
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Abstract

Reflections on the linkage between and the provocative force of problems in the analogy of city and soul, in the simile-bound characterization of the Good, and in the performative tension between what Plato has Socrates say about the philosopher's disinclination to descend into the city and what he has Socrates do in descending into the Piraeus to teach, with a closing recognition of the analogy between Socratic teaching and Platonic writing.

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Mitchell Miller
Vassar College

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