Plato and the Good

Illuminating the Darkling Vision


This book is an original interpretation of Plato’s enigmatic statements about the idea of the Good. Desjardins starts by reconciling two notoriously difficult and different accounts of the dialectical method found in the Philebus and The Republic. She then shows how they are connected to the four forms of god-given mania in the Phaedrus. Desjardins links god-given mania and the dialectical method to the concept of piety in the Euthyphro and to Plato’s defense of Socrates’ piety in the Apology. Desjardins’ interpretation of the idea of the Good that is presented by Plato in words (logoi) and through dramatic action (erga) is compelling and will inspire everyone interested in Plato’s dialogues and the idea of the Good.


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Biographical Note

Rosemary Desjardins, B.A. and M.A., University of Melbourne, Ph.D. (1975), University of Pennsylvania , is the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Danforth Foundation, University of Melbourne, Princeton University and Oxford University. She is the author of The Rational Enterprise: Logos is Plato's Theaetetus.

Table of contents

Acknowledgement Prologue Introduction PART ONE 1. Enigma of the Good 2. The Quest: Philebus 3. The Longer Way: The Republic 4. The Good PART TWO 5. The Riddle: Euthyphro and Phaedrus 6. Piety and Proteus: Euthyphro 7. Service to the Gods: Apology 8. Logos and Ergon: Seventh Letter 9. Conclusion Select Bibliography Index


Readers will include all those who are interested in ancient philosophy, moral theory, and religion in general as well as in Plato’s philosophy in particular.