Plato's Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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McKinney, Emmanuelle M
Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity; Ethics and Political Philosophy; History of Philosophy
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Plato is undeniably one of the most influential men in the history of Western philosophy, and he deeply examined a remarkable number of diverse fields. However, in the attempt to understand his various writings, scholars too often over-categorize Plato’s work without recognizing that there are no partitioning lines between subjects: they are all blended together to form a complex body of thought. This paper summarizes Plato’s philosophy of ethics, with a focus on its inclusion of many contrasting disciplines.