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Virtue in the CaveMoral Inquiry in Plato's Meno$
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Roslyn Weiss

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140767

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195140761.001.0001

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(p.203) Appendix II

(p.203) Appendix II

The Abandonment of Moral Inquiry in the Republic

Virtue in the Cave

Roslyn Weiss

Oxford University Press

Once men who merely love wisdom are superseded by men who actually have it, the value of the examined life, of the life of moral inquiry, becomes seriously compromised. In the moral realm, as in every discipline, the expert is to be obeyed. The expert is to guide, and the nonexpert is to follow. Moral inquiry is no more necessary when there are moral experts than do‐it‐yourselfers are necessary when there are master craftsmen. The Republic makes clear that those who lack the divine element in their soul are best ruled by others.

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