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Volume 15/16, 2017/2018

Le Principe du Bien: Platon, Aristote et leur postérité

Luc Brisson
Pages 167-180

Sur le Bien de Platon
Métamorphose d’une anecdote

The anecdote recounted by Aristoxenus, who claims to be reporting Aristotle’s words, has been used by several interpreters to maintain the existence of a doctrine of the Good reserved for the members of the Academy, and transmitted orally, after the model of Pythagorean teaching. Yet a close analysis of these few lines shows that this interpretation has no basis : instead, what is at issue is a reading, for a broad audience, of a text corresponding to a doctrine of the good that can be found in the Republic and the Laws.

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