Function, Ability and Desire in Plato’s Republic

  • Antonis CoumoundourosEmail author
  • Ronald Polansky
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 117)


In his treatment of Plato’s Republic, Gerasimos Santas emphasizes that there are two ways Plato approaches the good: “good as well functioning and good as perfect form” (2001, p. 58). Through much of the Republic Plato seems to appeal to the function of what he discusses to determine what that thing’s good is. For anything with a function, its good should be performing its function well. Santas’ focus on the role of function in the Republic is illuminating, and it is our purpose to expand upon his analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Adrian CollegeAdrianUSA
  2. 2.Duquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

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