in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy Forum: Eudaimonia in Plato’s Republic


Dr. Eric Brown

(Washington University, St. Louis)

April 28th at 4:00-5:30

Barnard Observatory, Room 105

“Eudaimonia in Plato’s Republic”

“In Plato’s Republic, Socrates seeks to show that the just are always more successful or ‘happy’ (eudaimōn) than the unjust, but it is far from clear how he understands success (eudaimonia). This essay seeks clarity by uncovering how Socrates considers three different conceptions of success, how he argues against two of them, and why he does not make more explicit the conception that he does not reject. The upshots include not only a fresh account of how we should understand the Republic ‘s main argument but also an intriguing Platonic argument against some popular views of well-being.”


The format of this event will be a workshop of Dr. Brown’s paper.  Requests for an advance copy of the paper can be directed to Dr. Donovan Wishon (  More information about future UM Philosophy Forum events can be found on the department calendar at