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We will see a conflict within Lysis between his newly stimulated love for wisdom and his habitual self-restraint. Born and raised an aristocrat, Lysis experiences conflict when his mind is enticed outside its wonted limits. What he experiences is, in fact, shame of himself: he notices that part of him falls short of the ideal he has been brought up with and to which part of him still adheres. His is a philosophical akrasia.


Albert Joosse presented “Shame and Conflict: Lysis’ philosophical akrasia” to the Society at its meeting with the American Philological Association in San Antonio in 2011. A related work was published as “On Belonging in Plato’s Lysis” in R. Rosen & I Sluiter, eds. 2010. Valuing Others in Classical Antiquity. Brill.

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