If the Good were God: Platonic Meditations on Theism

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James Wetzel


The usual way to relate to Platonism to theism is to contrast an impersonal conception of the Good with a God of absolutely benevolent will. I call into the question the usefulness of that contrast and argue for a reading of Plato that takes centrally into account Socratic service to the god. My overall aim is to suggest that a genuinely philosophical faith tends to defy the distinction between an ethics of will and an ethics of vision.

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James Wetzel

James Wetzel, Ph.D. is a Professor of Philosophy and the Augustinian Chair in the Thought of Saint Augustine at Villanova University. He completed his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. at Columbia University. Professor Wetzel’s research focuses on Augustine and the Augustinian tradition, the philosophy of late antiquity, and moral psychology.