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Pursuing the Good

Ethics and Metaphysics in Plato's Republic

Edited by Douglas Cairns, Fritz-Gregor Herrmann, Terrence Penner

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This volume, the fourth in the Edinburgh Leventis Studies series, comprises a selection of papers from the conference held in Edinburgh March 2005 in conjunction with Professor Terry Penner's tenure of the A. G. Leventis Visiting Research Chair in Greek.

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1. What is the Form of the Good the Form of?: A Question about the Plot of the Republic
Terry Penner
2. Glaucon's Challenge, Rational Egoism and Ordinary Morality
Lesley Brown
3. Thrasymachean Rulers, Altruistic Rulers and Socratic Rulers
Antonio Chu
4. Neutralism in Book 1 of the Republic
George Rudebusch
5. The Good, Advantage, Happiness, and the Form of the Good: How Continuous with Socratic Ethics is Platonic Ethics?
Terry Penner
6. The Form of the Good and the Good in Plato's Republic
Christopher Rowe
7. Flourishing: The Central Concept of Practical Thought
Richard Kraut
8. Is Plato's Conception of the Form of the Good Contradictory?
Gerhard Seel
9. The Good, Essences and Relations
Andrew Mason
10. The Idea of the Good and the Other Forms in Plato's Republic
Fritz-Gregor Herrmann
11. The Aporia in the Charmides about Reflexive Knowledge and the Contribution to its Solution in the Sun-Analogy of the Republic
Vasilis Politis
12. The Good and Mathematics
Christopher Gill
13. The Good and Order: Does the Republic Display an Analogy Between a Science of Ethics and Mathematics?
Rachana Kamtekar
14. Inquiry and Justification in the Search for the Highest Good in Plato and Aristotle
Mariana Anagnostopoulos
15. The Carpenter and the Good
Rachel Barney
16. Conversion or Conversation?: A Note on Plato's Philosophical Methods
Timothy Chappell

About the Author

Douglas Cairns is Professor of Classics in the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on Greek literature, society and thought, especially the emotions. He is the author of Sophocles: Antigone (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), Bacchylides: Five Epinician Odes (Francis Cairns, 2010), and Aidôs: The Psychology and Ethics of Honour and Shame in Ancient Greek Literature (OUP, 1993).

Fritz-Gregor Herrmann is Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, University of Wales, Swansea.

Terry Penner is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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