History of Philosophy Quarterly 33 (2):99-116 (2016)

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Elizabeth Jelinek
Christopher Newport University
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Many assume that Plato's Form of the Good is a final cause. This might be true if one assumes an Aristotelian definition of final cause; however, I argue that if one adopts Plato's conception of final causation as evidenced in the Phaedo and Timaeus, the claim that the Form of the Good is a final cause for Plato is untenable.
Keywords Form of the Good, teleology, Timaeus, Republic, demiurge, Plato  Phaedo
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