Plato's Ring of Corruption.

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Spence, Edward H
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Department of Languages - Modern Greek
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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.
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Spence, Edward H 2007. Plato's Ring of Corruption. In E. Close, M. Tsianikas and G. Couvalis (eds.) "Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University June 2005", Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek: Adelaide, 35-44.