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Diotima's eudaemonism: intrinsic value and rational motivation in Plato's Symposium

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This paper gives a new interpretation of the central section of Plato's Symposium (199d-212a). According to this interpretation, the term "καλόν", as used by Plato here, stands for what many contemporary philosophers call "intrinsic values"; and "love" (̓έρως) is in effect rational motivation, which for Plato consists in the desire to "possess" intrinsically valuable things - that is, according to Plato, to be happy - for as long as possible. An explanation is given...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Merton College
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Publisher:
Brill
Journal:
Phronesis More from this journal
Volume:
54
Issue:
4-5
Pages:
297-325
Publication date:
2009-01-01
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1568-5284
ISSN:
0031-8868
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English
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2010-10-22

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