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Socrates' Arguments About the Virtues

Terence Irwin

in Plato's Ethics

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780195086454
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833306 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195086457.003.0003
Socrates' Arguments About the Virtues

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The main task of chapter 3 is to consider how Socrates regards virtues. To start with, the aporetic character of Plato’s early dialogues is recalled. Then, it is investigated why Socrates refuses to define virtues in moral terms and rather prefers non-moral terms. Finally, a careful consideration of how Socrates evaluates some virtues and how he defines them is offered.

Keywords: Platonic dialogues; Plato; Definition; Moral terms; Virtues; Socrates

Chapter.  10899 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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