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The theory of the Form of the Good in the Republic is truly and coherently the centerpiece of the canonical Platonism of the middle dialogues, the centerpiece of Plato's metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and politics, and even his theory of love and art. In this theory of the Form of the Good Plato was truly the first grand philosophical synthesiser. If to achieve such a grand synthesis he had to employ a few unholy combinations, such as the combination of reality, goodness, and self-predication, he may perhaps be forgiven - at least if he is understood.


Gerasimos Santas presented “The Form of the Good in Plato’s Republic” to the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy meeting with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in Washington DC in 1977. A revised version was published in Philosophical Inquiry, 1980, 374-403, reprinted in John P. Anton & Anthony Preus, eds.1983. Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, vol. 2. SUNY, 232-263 and again reprinted in Gail Fine, ed., Plato 1, 247-274, Oxford Readings in Philosophy, Oxford U. P. , 1999.

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