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The Virtues: Theory and Common Sense in Greek Philosophy

T. H. Irwin

in How Should One Live?

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198752349
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597251 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198752342.003.0003
 The Virtues: Theory and Common Sense in Greek Philosophy

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Begins by setting out several common‐sense claims about the virtues—e.g. that they are separable or not good for the agent. Then proceeds to show how the main tendency of Greek ethics was to reject many of them. Focuses primarily on Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics.

Keywords: Aristotle; common sense; Plato; Socrates; Stoics; virtue; virtue ethics

Chapter.  7987 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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