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PLATO ON TRUE SIMPLICITY: REPUBLIC 408c5-410b4

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Socrates contradicts himself when he claims that a good doctor must have the experience of having an unsound body and when he claims that a good judge must have a sound soul, for the unsound of body will not be treated and how a judge decides the case of a good person is a matter of indifference. These pages are really about the meaning of simplicity of soul, and arguing against Glaucon’s claim, 'to be moved by self-advantage is the end which it is natural to pursue as good, until forcibly turned aside by law and custom to respect equality'.

Keywords: Glaucon; Kierekgaard's Ethics; Nietzsche; Plato; Republic; The Sermon on the Mount; Thrasymachus; duplicity; human nature; innocence; justice; method; purity; simplicity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, George Washington University, Washington DC, 20052, USA , tfmorris@verizon.net, Email: tfmorris@gwu.edu

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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