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Sean McAleer

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pp. 175-190

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15 pages

9. The Philosopher’s Virtues

Book VI

  • Sean McAleer (author)
Chapter of: Plato's 'Republic': An Introduction(pp. 175–190)
Chapter Nine, ‘The Philosopher’s Virtues’, continues to explore the distinction between philosophers and non-philosophers, focusing on their different characters. Central to the discussion is the distinction between virtues of character (for example, justice), intellectual virtues (for example, a good memory), and virtues of personal style (for example, grace and elegance), attending to the light this last category sheds on Plato’s moral vision. As a prelude to the key analogies of Book VI, the rest of this chapter is devoted to the interesting analogies Socrates appeals to in addressing features of the Third Wave.


Sean McAleer