The Right, the True, and the Beautiful

"The Right, the True, and the Beautiful," Glotta, 41 nos. 1-2 (1963): 54-62. Reprinted in The Archaeology of the Soul, 2012.


Were there a gap in our manuscript between two questions of Socrates, we should not now be able to say which stereotyped phrase was most suitable. Was Plato equally perplexed? Are his “rights”, “trues”, and “fines” as arbitrary and interchangeable as Homeric formulae, or are they, as we shall try to show, dependent on and prompted by the form the previous question takes