On the Good in Plato’s Phaedo

Michel Fattal

The aim of this paper is to show, through a precise commentary of Plato’s Phaedo, c 5-6, that the transcendent Idea of Good assumes the role of ‘connecting altogether’ (sundein) the intelligible to the sensible. This argument proves, against the common point of view of the commentators, that this dialogue is not a ‘dualistic’ one. The paper insists also on the differences between the Good in the Phaedo and the Good in the Republic and the Philebus.


Keywords: The Good · “connecting altogether” (sundein) · “participation” (methexis) · dualism

Michel Fattal — Member of the Centre of Research on Ancient Thought at Paris IV-Sorbonne since 1980, Member of the International Plato Society since its foundations in 1989, and Expert in Ancient Philosophy for the French Ministry of Research for the past eight years, is currently Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Grenoble II (France). He has published fifteen books and over fifty articles on the philosophical theories of Logos in antiquity from the Presocratics to Plato and Aristotle, Plotinus and Saint Augustin as well as the medieval reception of Greek Philosophy.   »  

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