Ethical blind-spots: Why socrates was not a cosmopolitan

Ratio 23 (1):17-33 (2010)
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Though Socrates can easily look like a cosmopolitan in moral and political theory, a closer reading of the relevant texts shows that, in the most important sense of the term as we now use it, he turns out – disappointingly, perhaps – not to be. The reasons why not are instructive and important, both for readers of Plato and for political theorists; they have to do with the phenomenon that I shall call ethical blind-spots.


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Sophie Grace Chappell
Open University (UK)

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