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So what is the Good for Plato?

Well! the good is the fulfillment of one's own being, his telos, his "measure". Eros is the magnet that may orient us toward it, and pleasure is "the way towards one's own being (tèn eis tèn autôn ousian odon)" (Philebus, 32b).

The good is twice described in the Philebus (whose whole purpose is to search for the good of man in this life) as perfect (teleos), self-sufficient (ikanos) and sought by all conscious beings (20d, 60b). And the good does not have a contrary: it is not the one end of a scale whose evil would be the other end; it is a measure on any scale, depending on what "being" you are talking about, whose both ends are "bad", whether by excess or by default.

And evil is not a positive reality, but a mere lack of being (see also St Augustine). Even matter is not evil (as it might be for Plotinus), and as "being", matter itself has a "form" (see the Timæs' triangles), and some sort of goodness. At worse, it has its own laws ("forms" are laws), which have to be dealt with even by the demiourgos, and that's "necessity", anagkè, but not "evil".

Very seldom does Plato talk about the evil (to kakon) the way he talks about the good, but he rather talks about "bad things". And in many places, he rather talks about "poneria", or "lack of something", using a word which has some resemblance with penia, the poverty which, according to Diotime in the Symposium, is Eros' mother.

And he is very concerned about the poneria of the soul, which is injustice, and has to be dealt with by Dikè (Sophist, 227d-229d) in much the same way the lack of health of the body has to be dealt with by medicine.

So the good we are to look for is not the good of one part against another, of body against soul, of sex against brain, of me against my neighbor, and so on... but the good of a compound, which can only be the harmony between all its parts, the "mean" that lets each part find some pleasure, body and soul, sex and brain, me and my neighbours, ... in a "justice" that is both internal, private, and external, social; and that can only be social if it is first internal (this is the whole message of the Republic, which intertwines considerations on the soul and its justice and the city and its policy).

Justice is the ultimate "form" of man, and that's why the TimÊus starts with a "reminder" of the Republic (before the beginning of the "muthos" because this form is outisde time and space), at the beginning of its search for all the "forms" of man (soul, form of the body that hosts the soul, form of the matter he is made of).

And "justice", the good of man in this life, is possible for him because he is a rational being, able to use his logos to organize his internal and external word, himself and the city he is a part of, into a "kosmos" through laws that he must either design or obey, and "laws" are the last words of Plato.

And "logos" is both reason and the words that manifest it, which are spoken under the urge of eros (see the Phædrus).

And what about death? The answer is in the PhÊdo: we don't know for sure and never will. But it is a worthy guess to assume that the logos in us does not perish, no more than the "ideas" he partakes with. What does that mean? Only muthos can attempt an answer at that point. But it is better to accept that hypothesis and live according to logos and justice than to reject it and live like wild beast as if we had no brains.

Because what distinguishes man from beasts is logos. And fulfilling our "being" can only be in using our logos. That's the way I understand Plato, and I agree with all of that. Is that me putting my thoughts in Plato? Maybe, maybe not! Anyway, even if that were, I think it is exactly what Plato would like us to do with his dialogues: philosophizing... seeking the good!

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