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Ghosts And Responsibility: The Hebrew Bible, Confucius, Plato

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This chapter explores the responsibility in Plato's Republic, particularly Homeric ghosts, blocks our access to the good beyond being. It describes analogous passages in the Hebrew Bible. The defilement of the holy in the name of the sacred is precisely, characterizes the person who turns to the ghosts'. Turning to ghosts is to abandon holiness, to engage in acts that will result in cruelty, to evade your responsibility to others. The authors of the Hebrew Bible and Confucius, discourages the practice of conjuring and actively seeking the consultations of ghosts. In order to banish ghosts, to banish idols, Plato indulges in the idolatry of creating in the myth of Er and in the Republic as a whole, a poem that conjures ghosts.

Keywords: Confucius; Hebrew bible; homeric ghosts; Plato

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