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Plato's division of goods in the Republic

Heinaman, R; (2002) Plato's division of goods in the Republic. Phronesis , 47 (4) pp. 309-335. 10.1163/156852802321016523. Green open access

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Abstract

In the Republic Plato draws a distinction among goods between (1) those that are good in themselves but not good for their consequences, (2) those that are good both in themselves and for their consequences, and (3) those that are not good in themselves but are good for their consequences. This paper presents an interpretation of this classification, in particular its application to the case of justice. It is argued that certain causal consequences of justice as well as factors that are not causal consequences of justice are relevant in explaining why justice is good in itself; and that it is only the reputation for justice and the causal consequences that follow from that reputation that are relevant in explaining why it is good for its consequences.

Type: Article
Title: Plato's division of goods in the Republic
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1163/156852802321016523
Additional information: Imported via OAI, 16:54:26 4th May 2005
Keywords: DIVISION, Plato
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/56
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