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Moral Corruption and Philosophic Education in Platos Phaedrus

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Moral Corruption and Philosophic Education in Platos Phaedrus

Moral corruption and philosophic education in plato's "phaedrus". by Geoffrey M. Batchelder This dissertation argues that Plato's Phaedrus is a case study in the philosophic cure of moral corruption, a process of intellectual decay that causes people to hold false opinions about matters of p.... Published date on: 2009 with total page: 241 pages. Publisher of Moral Corruption and Philosophic Education in Plato's "Phaedrus". is ProQuest.

This dissertation argues that Plato's Phaedrus is a case study in the philosophic cure of moral corruption, a process of intellectual decay that causes people to hold false opinions about matters of practical conduct and can lead to a systematic, pathological failure to recognize first principles for the ordering of the soul. Philosophic education by contrast leads toward true moral opinions and the practice of virtue, which is the proper, healthy condition of souls and the only state conducive to true happiness. The argument invokes two key ideas: first, philosophy is a kind of therapy whose teachers, like physicians, treat diseases, but in souls rather than bodies; and second, paying attention to dramatic aspects of the dialogue permits a fuller grasp of its doctrinal contents.

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