Plato’s Ring of Corruption

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Abstract

Although corruption has been widely reported and is easily recognized, often unfortunately after the event, its nature and causes are usually not well understood and remain for the most part conceptually unclear. This conceptual lack of clarity concerning the nature of corruption helps perpetuate its reign. In order to provide a better conceptual and ethical understanding of corruption, I have developed a philosophical model that seeks to conceptually identify, explain and ethically evaluate corruption through first identifying and defining its characterizing features. To that end, the paper will provide a philosophical account of contemporary corruption by determining, through an analysis of the Myth of Gyges in Plato’s Republic, the essential features that characterize corporate and other types of corruption. The analysis will adopt an applied philosophical approach, one that will attempt to reveal the significance and relevance of Plato’s Myth of Gyges for an applied philosophical understanding of contemporary corruption.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreek Research in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the sixth biennial Conference of Greek Studies
EditorsElizabeth Close, Michael Tsianikas, George Couvalis
Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
PublisherFlinders University
Pages35-44
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780725811310
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventBiennial International Conference of Greek Studies - Adelaide, Australia, Australia
Duration: 23 Jun 200526 Jun 2005

Conference

ConferenceBiennial International Conference of Greek Studies
Country/TerritoryAustralia
Period23/06/0526/06/05

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