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Northern European Journal of Philosophy

Editor-in-Chief: Addis, Mark / Hämäläinen, Nora / Pedersen, Esther Oluffa / Westphal, Kenneth R.

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Plato, Socrates, and the Politics of Meta-Aggression

J. Mikael Olsson
Published Online: 2013-12-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sats-2013-0006


The argument is that if we assume a non-cognitivist outlook in metaethics then we should also adopt a way of reading classics in political philosophy that focuses on moral knowledge and its link to political authority. By distinguishing between Plato and Socrates on these matters we are provided with two ideal types that may serve as useful models when clarifying past and present controversies over one of the most important questions in political philosophy: the justifiability (or non-justifiability) of majority rule. As a by-product of the discussion of Plato and Socrates a path to an interesting defence of majority rule based on non-cognitivism will become visible.

Keywords: Plato; Socrates; metaethics; democracy

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Published Online: 2013-12-03

Published in Print: 2013-12-01

Citation Information: SATS, Volume 14, Issue 2, Pages 103–118, ISSN (Online) 1869-7577, ISSN (Print) 1600-1974, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sats-2013-0006.

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