Why Socrates Didn’t Charge: Plato and the Metaphysics of Money

David C. Schindler

Money has the whole of its truth in being a symbol of the soul’s adherence to the good. It is meant to be a “reminder” to those who are wealthy in a true sense. If it is made into the thing itself—as in the measurement of a nation’s wealth by the gross domestic product,… we have an institutionalizing of sophistry, an official establishment of the same disorder. Money is not neutral; it is a symbol, which is to say it is a meaning, a bearer of a particular logic: namely, the logic of mediation between the just soul and genuine goods… Money cannot mean nothing; it will either serve truth as symbol or it will become diabolical.

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