Commentary on Ausland

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In this response I take issue with Professor Ausland's use of the account of the soul in Republic 4 as a basis for reading Republic 8-9. I believe that the method and assumptions of Republic 4 are pre-dialectical and that Books 8-9 should be read in light of the digressive Books 5-7. By placing greater emphasis on the asymmetry between Book 4 and Books 8-9, the basic assumptions governing the decline of regimes will show themselves to tell a different story of moral experience and moral decomposition than we find in Professor Ausland's instructive and insightful reading of the dialogue.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy
ISSN (Print)1059-986X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Classics
  • Philosophy


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