Abstract

abstract:

Some Plato scholars have recently argued that the "City of Pigs"—described in Book II of the Republic, before Socrates goes on to describe Kallipolis and the definition of justice—is better and more just than Kallipolis itself. I argue that this interpretation misconstrues Plato's conception of justice by ignoring three significant conditions that he establishes for making an entity eligible for being just. In overlooking these conditions, scholars have misconceived the definition of justice itself, resulting in an overestimation of the virtue of the City of Pigs.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-4586
Print ISSN
0022-5053
Pages
pp. 571-593
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-15
Open Access
No
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