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What good is the Good?

Pragmatism and the Ineffable

Semaj Nosliw

Forthcoming 2023

Socrates might say that because we have not had a vision of the Good, we desire, speak, and cannot stabilize just relationships:

 

"In the world of knowledge, the last thing to be perceived and only with great difficulty is the essential Form of Goodness.  Once it is perceived, the conclusion must follow that, for all things, this is the cause of whatever is right and good..."  Socrates, in Plato's "Allegory of the Cave."

This essay explores whether something ineffable, and what may be the most important matter of all, can inform the pragmatic. 

 

How can what is difficult to articulate, yet supremely important,  find its way into and inform the world of action and choice?

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