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26th April 2012: Mary Margaret McCabe (London) - Rereading Glaucon’s challenge: transformative goods in Plato’s Republic

(11 January 2012)

This seminar will be held in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham.  Refreshments will be served from 11am with the talk commencing  at 11.30am.

Weekly Research Seminar

This seminar will be held in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham.  Refreshments will be served from 11am with the talk commencing  at 11.30am.

Title: Rereading Glaucon’s challenge: transformative goods in Plato’s Republic

Abstract:

How - if at all - are the views about goodness offered by Socrates in the Republic consistent with what seems to be expressed at Euthydemus 281, where Socrates implies that wisdom is the only good 'itself by itself'? I argue that the main argument of the  Republic revises the assumptions on which Glaucon makes his challenge in Book 2; and that this gives Plato a radical and important account of the nature of intrinsic goods: 'transformative' goods.

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