[SydPhil] Notification: Nick Smith @ Wed 20 Sep 2017 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)

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Title: Nick Smith
"Plato on the Philosophers' Love of Truth"

Early in Book VI, Plato makes the love of truth the critical criterion of  
what it means to have the nature of a philosopher, claiming that “someone  
who loves learning must above all strive for every kind of truth from  
childhood on” (Republic 485d3-4). In this paper, I seek to explain what  
Plato means by “every kind of truth,” but also to defend Plato against what  
some scholars have seen as an inconsistency in what he has to say about  
philosophers and truth.  Earlier in the work, Plato had already  
acknowledged that his philosophers will often use dishonesty in the  
practice of ruling: “It looks as though our rulers will have to make  
considerable use of falsehood and deception for the benefit of those they  
rule” (Republic V.459c9-d2).  The problem is one that has exercised  
numerous scholars, and I do not pretend herein to provide either criticism  
or defense of Plato.  Instead, my aim is to show only that there actually  
is a single, consistent view on truth in the Republic, and that what Plato  
has to say about the philosophers’ interest in truth is cogent—but also  
somewhat unfamiliar in contemporary philosophy.
When: Wed 20 Sep 2017 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Sydney Uni
Calendar: Seminars
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