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The Righteous Are Happy

George Rudebusch

in Socrates, Pleasure, and Value

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195159615
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195159616.003.0008
 The Righteous Are Happy

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At the end of Republic Book 1, Socrates leads Thrasymachus to the conclusion that unrighteousness is never more profitable than righteousness, by showing that the righteous are happy and the unrighteous miserable. This argument, although the cornerstone of Socratic ethics, has seemed laughable to many interpreters. I defend the argument.

Keywords: happiness; human good; Plato; righteousness; Socrates; Thrasymachus; virtue; wisdom

Chapter.  7195 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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