Socrates: From Happiness to Virtue

Terence Irwin

in Plato's Ethics

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780195086454
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833306 | DOI:
Socrates: From Happiness to Virtue

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Chapter 4 focuses on the Euthydemus to discuss Socrates’ theories of happiness and wisdom. Firstly, it is pointed out that Socrates may be labelled as “eudamonist” because of the claim he makes in the Euthydemus that happiness is a general and not a particular virtue. Secondly, Socrates’ instrumentalist view according to which the different virtues may be means to one end, i.e., happiness, is examined. Thirdly, several arguments are discussed according to which Socrates demonstrates that wisdom is the only good.

Keywords: Ends; Eudamonism; Plato; Euthydemus; Good; Happiness; Instrumentalism; Socrates; Virtue; Wisdom

Chapter.  6966 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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