MURAL - Maynooth University Research Archive Library



    The Silence of Socrates: Dialectic and the Platonic Good


    Desmond, William (2007) The Silence of Socrates: Dialectic and the Platonic Good. Milltown Studies, 58. pp. 73-99. ISSN 0032-1428

    [img] Download (81kB)


    Share your research

    Twitter Facebook LinkedIn GooglePlus Email more...



    Add this article to your Mendeley library


    Abstract

    Depending on one’s perspective, Socrates’ brief words concerning the Good in Republic 6 have either cast a guiding light, or an ambiguous shadow over so much subsequent philosophy. For some, they offer testimony affirming the existence of objective, even eternal values: despite suffering, imperfections and much evil, ultimately being is good. But for others, such as Nietzsche, Socrates’ words are a lie and represent the deception that has most crippled the Western mind. From this perspective, there are no objective values, and existence is not good except insofar as we make it so.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Socrates; Dialectic; the Platonic Good;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Ancient Classics
    Item ID: 1950
    Depositing User: Dr William Desmond
    Date Deposited: 25 May 2010 09:44
    Journal or Publication Title: Milltown Studies
    Publisher: Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy
    Refereed: Yes
    URI:

      Repository Staff Only(login required)

      View Item Item control page

      Downloads

      Downloads per month over past year