I find this a particularly interesting paper, since the problem it begins with is something that I've wondered about many times myself:
Fortunately I have been asked to comment on this paper, when Roslyn Weiss reads it at the upcoming Eastern APA. I can't of course post on it now but plan to do so after the event.
Sophrosune from Top to BottomIn Book 4 of Plato's Republic, Socrates locates sophrosune not in the producer class of the polis and the appetitive part of the soul, but disperses it throughout the polis and soul. In light of the fact that this odd and unexpected move threatens the uniqueness of justice and, moreover, virtually assimilates justice to moderation, the question arises why Socrates defines sophrosune in this way. I suggest that Socrates wishes to make clear that not only do the lower parts of the city and soul dislike being ruled, but philosophers and reason dislike ruling. Since all parts of the city and soul are asked to do what they don't want to do, all must restrain themselves, curbing their desire to do what they would prefer to do. In other words, what they all must exhibit is sophrosune.
There are some curiosities on the program. For instance, I had never regarded Ayn Rand as a serious philosopher, and yet on Dec. 29:
GIX-2. Ayn Rand Society
Topic: Ayn Rand as Aristotelian
Chair: John Cooper (Princeton University)
Speakers: James Lennox (University of Pittsburgh)
"Axioms and Their Validation"
Allan Gotthelf (University of Pittsburgh)
"Concepts and Essences"
Fred Miller, Jr. (Bowling Green State University)
"Values and Happiness"
Robert Mayhew (Seton Hall University)
One could hardly find a more distinguished and competent panel.