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Volume 13, 2015

La Providence dans la pensée Grecque et sa première réception Arabe

Luc Brisson
Pages 15-31
DOI: 10.5840/chora20151335

D’où vient le mal chez Platon?

In this paper, a pluralistic explanation of the sources of evil according to Plato is offered, which takes into account not only ethics, but also cosmology. In Plato, one must distinguish between negative evils, which result from the inherent distortion of images, that is, of bodies, as compared to their model, that is, of intelligible reality; and positive evils, whose ultimate cause is the soul. In the case of the soul of the world, one must speak of relative positive evils that are the consequence of its degraded power, and in the case of man, of absolute positive evils, which are the consequence of error.

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