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Does Socrates Consistently Hold the Sufficiency Thesis?

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/10.1093/0195159616.003.0009
 Does Socrates Consistently Hold the Sufficiency Thesis?

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Although Socrates gives a compelling argument in Republic book 1 that virtue is sufficient for happiness, in other passages he seems to hold that it is insufficient. Brickhouse and Smith resolve the apparent inconsistency by attributing an insufficiency thesis to Socrates. I argue, against their interpretation, that Socrates can consistently hold the sufficiency thesis.

Keywords: happiness; Plato; Socrates; virtue

Chapter.  3384 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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