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Susan B. Levin
Smith College
Susan B. Levin argues that Plato's engagement with medicine is richer than previously recognized and that he views it as an important rival for authority on nature and flourishing. Levin shows further that Plato's work, particularly the Laws, holds significant promise for bioethics that has so far been nearly untapped
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This chapter argues that the Symposiumdebunks medicine’s claim to be the preeminent technê. At the same time, the dialogue contributes importantly to Plato’s unfolding argument that philosophy alone rightly apprehends phusis(nature) and eudaimonia(flourishing). The Symposiumoffers Plato’s ... see more

Justice and the Good in Kallipolis: Medicine’s Ejection from the Ranks of Technai

The Republicdevelops Plato’s view of the soul-focused technêthat the Gorgiasidentified as preeminent. On the argument of this chapter, the Republicfurthers Plato’s rivalry with medicine even as it shows that philosophers, whose insight and character are infallible, must supervise all pursu... see more

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