Question by Pubswuash: How do Plato and Christianity differ in their interpretation of the good life?
In particular relating to Gorgias, not just the republic
Answer by Benjamin C
For Plato the good life is one of contemplation but unlike Christianity (i.e. the monastic tradition of same) contemplation for Plato is based on reason and reflection on the forms. Forms here meaning the ideal constructs that reason is able to grasp and which form the basis for all of the material objects in the sensible world.
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