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Summary Under construction. This category will primarily index works discussing the peculiar principle known as "the idea/form of the good" (he tou agathou idea) or "the good itself," in Plato, which cuts across distinctions of ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and logic. For usefulness' sake, it will not index works on, e.g., ethics in general, justice, the good life, or the best regime in Plato, as intimately connected to the question of the capital-G Good as these admittedly are, unless they significantly discuss this principle. (These works can be found in the branch categories Plato: Ethics and Plato: Political Philosophy, which would otherwise be entirely reproduced here.) For discussion of the One, with which, per Aristotle's report, Plato eventually came to identify the Good, see especially Plato: Parmenides and Plato: One and Many. 
Key works [Under construction.] Gadamer 1988 is a classic hermeneutical study minimizing the distance between Plato and Aristotle. Important anthologies include Reale & Scolnicov 2002 and Cairns et al 2007.  
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    Was jede Seele sucht und worumwillen sie alles tut.Rafael Ferber - 2013 - Elenchos 34 (1):5-31.
    The article first (i) gives an exegesis of the famous passage in the Republic, 505d11-506a2. Attention is drawn to the fact that the principle that every soul does everything for the Good (panta prattei) can be translated in two ways: Every soul does everything for the sake of the Good, or goes to all lengths for the sake of the Good. Depending on the different translations, we have a different picture of the platonic Socrates in the Republic, an intellectualistic Socrates (...)
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    The Limits of Radical Openness: Gadamer on Socratic Dialectic and Plato’s Idea of the Good.Kevin Decker - 2000 - Symposium 4 (1):5-32.
    To what extent can the structure of dialogue be used to ground a theory of human understanding? In this paper, I examine Plato’s Phaedo, Republic, and Philebus with an eye toward challenging Gadamer’s thesis that Socratic dialogue grounds a theory of hermeneutics that characterizes understanding as a factor within experience as “radical openness.” I contend that there is a basic problem in Gadamer’s historical appropriation of the dialectic. This is that the elenchtic ideal of most of the early dialogues of (...)
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    Desire and Understanding in Plato's Philosophy of Education.Glenn Scott Rawson - 1997 - Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin
    It is widely recognized that according to Plato the supreme object of knowledge and the supreme object of desire are the same: "the good." But the reason for this belief, and the roles of desire in Platonic education, are not adequately understood. My study of relatively neglected topics, such as Platonic inquiry $,$ intellectual "lacking" or "wanting" $,$ and knowledge of "the good" as a kind of self-knowledge, bring new light to the well-worn themes of Meno's Paradox, Socratic method and (...)
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    Review of T. Penner and C. Rowe, "Plato's Lysis". [REVIEW]Suzanne Obdrzalek - 2006 - Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.
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    The Aristotelian Reception of the Idea of the Good According to Heidegger and Gadamer.Francisco J. Gonzalez - 2017 - Chôra 15:611-628.
    Pendant l’ete de 1928 Heidegger a offert un seminaire sur le troisieme livre de la Physique d’Aristote et donc sur l’explication aristotelicienne de la nature du mouvement. La derniere seance de ce cours, qui eut lieu le 25 juillet, est d’une grande importance parce que c’est a cette occasion que Heidegger va au livre neuf de la Metaphysique pour essayer de comprendre la notion ontologique qui est a la base de l’interpretation aristotelicienne du mouvement : l’energeia. Mais dans les protocoles (...)
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    The Other of Contemporary Discourse About the Other: Plato's (Not the Platonic) Idea of the Good.Burt Hopkins - 2009 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 1 (1):105-117.
    For all its diversity, contemporary discourse about the Other shares the following suppositions: the Other in its radicality eludes the economy of the logic of the Same; it is beyond Being; its alterity is tied to the infinite in a manner that exceeds the ambit of thematization; and the problem it presents to philosophy is novel, in the precise sense that the dominant logic of the Western tradition, the so-called “logic of the Same” , is incapable of recognizing the full (...)
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    « Colloquium Report : Dialogues On Plato - New Images Of Plato: The Idea Of The Good, Campus Gaflei, Liechstenstein, September 2000. ».Christopher Gill - 2001 - Plato: The Internet Journal of the International Plato Society 1.
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    Plato V. Aristotle: Is the Form of the Good Relevant to Ethics?David Joseph Yount - 1998 - Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
    In Republic VI-VII, Plato claims not only that even if one were to have knowledge other than knowledge of the Form of the Good, one would not benefit from that knowledge unless one has knowledge of the Form of the Good, and unless one knows the Form of the Good, one cannot know any particular good, but also, arguably, that unless one knows the Form of the Good, one cannot be ethically good . In Nicomachean Ethics I.6, however, Aristotle denies (...)
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    Form and Good in Plato's Eleatic Dialogues the Parmenides, Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman.Kenneth Dorter - 1994 - University of California Press.
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    The Idea of the Good in Platonic-Aristotelian Philosophy.John J. Cleary - 1990 - International Studies in Philosophy 22 (1):104-105.
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    The Idea of the Good in Platonic-Aristotelian Philosophy.Hans-Georg Gadamer - 1988 - Yale University Press.
    One of this century’s most important philosophers here focuses on Plato’s _Protagoras, Phaedo, Republic, _and _Philebus_ and on Aristotle’s three moral treatises to show the essential continuity of Platonic and Aristotelian reflection on the nature of the good. “Well translated and usefully annotated by P. Christopher Smith…. Gadamer’s book exhibits a broad and grand vision as well as a great love for the Greek thinkers.”—Alexander Nehemas, _New York__ Times Book Review_ “The translation is highly readable. The translator’s introduction and frequent (...)
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    The Idea of the Good in Platonic-Aristotelian Philosophy.Hans-Georg Gadamer & P. Christopher Smith - 1988 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 23 (1):53-53.
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    The Idea of the Good in Platonic-Aristotelian Philosophy.P. Christopher Smith (ed.) - 1986
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    Measuring Humans Against Gods: On the Digression of Plato’s Theaetetus.Jens Kristian Larsen - 2019 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 101 (1):1-29.
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    The Unity of the Philebus: Metaphysical Assumptions of the Good Human Life.Cristina Ionescu - 2007 - Ancient Philosophy 27 (1):55-75.
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    Goodness and Justice: Plato, Aristotle, and the Moderns. [REVIEW]Richard Kraut - 2005 - Ancient Philosophy 25 (2):446-463.
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    How to Know the Good: The Moral Epistemology of Plato's Republic.Jyl Gentzler - 2005 - Philosophical Review 114 (4):469-496.
    John Mackie famously dismissed the rational tenability of moral objectivism with two quick arguments. The second, the so-called “argument from queerness,” proceeds as follows. A commitment to moral objectivism brings with it a commitment to the existence of moral properties as “queer” as Platonic Forms that are apprehended only through occult faculties like so-called “moral intuition” (Mackie 1977, 38). Since we have no reason to believe that there is any faculty such as moral intuition that serves as a reliable Form (...)
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    The Attractions and Delights of Goodness.Jyl Gentzler - 2004 - Philosophical Quarterly 54 (216):353-367.
    What makes something good for me? Most contemporary philosophers argue that something cannot count as good for me unless I am in some way attracted to it, or take delight in it. However, subjectivist theories of prudential value face difficulties, and there is no consensus about how these difficulties should be resolved. Whether one opts for a hedonist or a desire-satisfaction account of prudential value, certain fundamental assumptions about human well-being must be abandoned. I argue that we should reconsider Plato's (...)
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    The Forms, the Form of the Good, and the Desire for Good in Plato’s Republic.Terry Penner - 2003 - Modern Schoolman 80 (3):191-233.
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    Virtue as the Only Unconditional — But Not Intrinsic — Good: Plato’s Euthydemus 278e3-281e5.Naomi Reshotko - 2001 - Ancient Philosophy 21 (2):325-334.
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    The Good, the Bad, and the Neither Good Nor Bad in Plato’s Lysis.Naomi Reshotko - 2000 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 38 (2):251-262.
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    Protagoras on Human Nature, Wisdom, and the Good: The Great Speech and the Hedonism of Plato’s Protagoras.Marina Berzins McCoy - 1998 - Ancient Philosophy 18 (1):21-39.
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    "The Idea of the Good in Platonic-Aristotelian Philosophy", by Hans-Georg Gadamer. [REVIEW]Robert B. Louden - 1988 - Ancient Philosophy 8 (2):298.
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    Plato's Form of the Good. [REVIEW]R. W. Jordan - 1986 - The Classical Review 36 (1):65-67.
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    Plato's Doctrine of the Good. [REVIEW]D. J. Allan - 1949 - The Classical Review 63 (1):19-21.
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    VII.—Plato's Theory of the Good Man's Motive.C. R. Morris - 1933 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 34 (1):129-142.
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    "Plato's Theory of Ethics. The Moral Criterion and the Highest Good". R. C. Lodge. [REVIEW]Paul Shorey - 1929 - International Journal of Ethics 39 (2):231-235.
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    The Philebus and the Good: The Unity of the Dialogue in Which the Good is Unity.Kenneth M. Sayre - 1987 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 2:45-71.
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    BOOK REVIEW. Goodness and Justice: Plato, Aristotle, and the Moderns, by Gerasimos Santas. Malden: Blackwell Publishers, 2001, X + 300 Pp. [REVIEW]Jorge Secada - 2005 - The Journal of Ethics 8 (4):467-470.
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    Was Und Wie Hat Sokrates Gewusst.Rafael Ferber - 2007 - Elenchos 28 (1):5-40.
    The first part of the paper (p. 10-21) tries to answer the first question of the title and describes a set of seven “knowledge-claims” made by Socrates: 1. There is a distinction between right opinion and knowledge. 2. Virtue is knowledge. 3. Nobody willingly does wrong. 4. To do injustice is the greatest evil for the wrongdoer himself. 5. An even greater evil is if the wrongdoer is not punished. 6. The just person is happy; the unjust person is unhappy. (...)
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    Review of Le Philèbe de Platon: Introduction À L’Agathologie Platonicienne. [REVIEW]George Rudebusch - 2009 - Ancient Philosophy 29 (1):212-216.
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    Pleasure and the Good in Plato. [REVIEW]Norman Gulley - 1962 - The Classical Review 12 (1):38-40.
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    Aristotle's Criticism of Plato's Form of the Good: Ethics Without Metaphysics?Gerasimos Santas - 1989 - Philosophical Papers 18 (2):137-160.
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    Two Theories of Good in Plato’s Republic.Gerasimos Santas - 1985 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 67 (3):223-245.
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    The Form of the Good in Plato's Republic.G. Santas - 1980 - Philosophical Inquiry 2 (1):374-403.
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    Socrates, Pleasure, and Value. [REVIEW]Daniel C. Russell - 2000 - Ancient Philosophy 20 (2):468-472.
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    Protagoras and Socrates on Courage and Pleasure.Daniel C. Russell - 2000 - Ancient Philosophy 20 (2):311-338.
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    The Good and the Just in Plato's Gorgias.Christopher Rowe - 2008 - Philosophical Inquiry 30 (3-4):55-75.
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    Evaluating the Goodness of Actions on Plato's Ethical Theory.Elizabeth Jelinek - 2015 - Philosophical Inquiry 39 (3-4):56-72.
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    δέα το γαθο - γαθν πκεινα τς οσας: Überlegungen zu einer Platonischen Antinomie.Salvatore Lavecchia - 2005 - Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 10:1-20.
    In Plato's Republic the prime cause of all things, the Good, is presented both as transcending every form of being and as the supreme Idea, that is to say as the supreme being. The inconsistency between these two characterizations seems to point to the paradoxical relation subsisting between the absolutely transcendent Good and its supreme self-revelation : by revealing itself, the γαθν πκεινα τς οσας constitutes the highest being and therefore has to be considered to be identical with the δα (...)
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    Plato-Poet and Philosopher.Joseph M. Keane - 1930 - Modern Schoolman 6 (3):54-55.
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    Platos Idee des Guten.Dorothea Frede - 1985 - Review of Metaphysics 39 (2):353-355.
    The author's project is an ambitious one: Not only does he dedicate a whole monograph to the centerpiece of Plato's metaphysical thought as it is contained in the similes of the Sun, Line, and Cave in the Republic, he also points out connections between Plato's "greatest doctrine" and some highlights in the work of other European metaphysicians such as Kant, Fichte, the young Wittgenstein and Heidegger. As Ferber sees it, although their answers to the question of the ultimate foundation of (...)
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    What’s Next in Plato’s Clitophon?Brian Marrin - 2017 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2):307-319.
    The Clitophon has posed a riddle to its readers: Why does Socrates not respond to the criticisms levelled against him? A careful reading of the dialogue shows that Clitophon’s criticism of Socrates already contains its own rebuttal. It is not, as many have suggested, certain beliefs of Clitophon’s that make a Socratic response impossible. Rather, Socrates’s silence is itself the response, intended to force Clitophon to turn back to what has already been said. It is Clitophon’ lack of self-knowledge, or (...)
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    The Homogeneity and the Heterogeneity of the Concept of the Good in Plato.Robert Elliott Allinson - 1983 - Filosofia Oggi 6 (4):429.
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    Plato's Enlightenment: The Good as the Sun.Samuel C. Wheeler - 1997 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 14 (2):171-188.
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    Plato's Enlightenment: The Good as the Sun.Samuel Wheeler Iii - 1997 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 14:171-188.
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    The Cause Too Good. [REVIEW]John Wallace - 1963 - Journal of the History of Ideas 24 (1):150.
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    The Right and the Good. [REVIEW]Mulk Raj Anand - 1934 - Ancient Philosophy (Misc) 44:160.
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    Plato on the Desire for the Good.Rachel Barney - 2010 - In Sergio Tenenbaum (ed.), Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good. Oxford University Press. pp. 34--64.
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    Phocion the Good.J. F. Lazenby & L. A. Tritle - 1989 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 109:254-254.
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