An inquiry into Plato's treatment of wealth.
Miller, James Vince
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Plato's moral philosophy has come under attack in recent years on the grounds that his works lay the basis for totalitarian theories such as Marxian Communism and its offspring, Stalinism. It is also argued that Plato is a reactionary anti-democrat who detested those who carry on work with the hands or who are engaged in commerce. In order to understand the place of wealth in Plato's thought certain points should not be overlooked. (1) Plato's treatment of the problems of economics form a part of his ethical and political theories which must not be construed as mere totalitarian camouflages of one is to be critically honest. Throughout the dialogues references to wealth are scattered as illustrative comment on some point in a psychological, ethical, or political discussion. He develops no separate science of economics. [TRUNCATED]
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