On Plato's Hipparchus

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2015-09-23

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Bellows, Samuel Palmer

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The Hipparchus, Plato’s short dialogue on the love of gain, generally receives little attention from contemporary scholars. This essay, however, argues that Socrates’ brazenly amoral defense of seeking gain provides deep insights into some of the fundamental themes of Platonic political philosophy, helping to clarify the character of the human good, as well as its relation to philosophy and morality.

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