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Philosophers in the "Republic"Plato's Two Paradigms$
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Roslyn Weiss

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449741

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449741.001.0001

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“In a Healthy Way”

(p.208) Conclusion
Philosophers in the "Republic"

Roslyn Weiss

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter focuses on the myth of Er, which concludes Plato's Republic. Socrates recounts the tale of Er, a man who has recently died but returns to life to share with the living his observations of life after death. The myth is introduced, at least ostensibly, to bolster Socrates' assertion that in the long run the just will fare well and the unjust poorly. However, the myth provides few details about the afterlife's rewards and punishments. The bulk of the myth is also devoted to another matter entirely: the way in which the souls of the dead go about choosing their next life.

Keywords:   Plato, Republic, myth, Er, Socrates, philosophers

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