Ancient Philosophy 19 (1):37-44 (1999)

Elizabeth F. Cooke
Creighton University
Many commentators of the "Republic" see the conformity to authority, emphasized in the early education, as a hindrance to the development of the critical skills necessary for the philosopher. Furthermore, they see the theoretical training of the philosopher as detached from morality. I argue that Plato does not view philosophical training as separate from morality. Rather Plato views intellectual training as integral to the philosopher's overall pursuit of the Good. Philosophical knowledge is moral because the objects of such knowledge are closer to the divine. Philosophical development is a moral and spiritual quest aimed at becoming god-like
Keywords Ancient Philosophy  Classical Studies  History of Philosophy
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DOI ancientphil19991912
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