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“Da sagte Glaukon in sehr lächerlichem Ton...” (R. 509c1-2): Ein obszöner Witz Platos?


Ferber, Rafael (1993). “Da sagte Glaukon in sehr lächerlichem Ton...” (R. 509c1-2): Ein obszöner Witz Platos? Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie:211-212.

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In Plato's Republic, Glaucon urges Socrates to reveal the essence of the good. But Socrates is reluctant, since he fears disgracing himself and looking ridiculous by trying (R.506d6-7). In fact, after the simile of the sun, Glaucon says “very ludicrously” (R. 509c1-2): “By Apollo, hyperbolê can no further go?” (R.509c1). But why should the good or the generating principle which surpasses being in dignity and power (R.509b9-10) invite such a ludicrous reaction? Is Plato here revealing the genital member of his philosophy which surpasses in dignity and power every other possession?

In Plato's Republic, Glaucon urges Socrates to reveal the essence of the good. But Socrates is reluctant, since he fears disgracing himself and looking ridiculous by trying (R.506d6-7). In fact, after the simile of the sun, Glaucon says “very ludicrously” (R. 509c1-2): “By Apollo, hyperbolê can no further go?” (R.509c1). But why should the good or the generating principle which surpasses being in dignity and power (R.509b9-10) invite such a ludicrous reaction? Is Plato here revealing the genital member of his philosophy which surpasses in dignity and power every other possession?

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:German
Date:1993
Deposited On:08 Feb 2013 10:14
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:19
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:1613-0656
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-70517

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