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Volume 51, Issue 3


Playing with Intoxication: On the Cultivation of Shame and Virtue in Plato’s Laws

Nicholas R. Baima
Published Online: 2018-03-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2016-0065


This paper examines Plato’s conception of shame and the role intoxication plays in cultivating it in the Laws. Ultimately, this paper argues that there are two accounts of shame in the Laws. There is a public sense of shame that is more closely tied to the rational faculties and a private sense of shame that is more closely tied to the non-rational faculties. Understanding this division between public and private shame not only informs our understanding of Plato’s moral psychology, but his political and ethical theory as well.

Keywords: Plato; Laws; shame; moral psychology


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Published Online: 2018-03-10

Published in Print: 2018-06-26

Citation Information: Apeiron, Volume 51, Issue 3, Pages 345–370, ISSN (Online) 2156-7093, ISSN (Print) 0003-6390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2016-0065.

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