The <i>Philebus</i>, Part 1: Virtue, Value, and ‘Likeness to God’

Daniel Russell

in Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199282845
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602931 | DOI:
 						The Philebus, Part 1: Virtue, Value, and ‘Likeness to God’

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Unraveling likeness to God in Plato requires a fresh approach that makes the greatest sense of it within Plato's larger moral philosophy. Such an understanding of likeness to God can be found by taking a fresh look at it through the lens of Plato's Philebus, where we find the idea that virtue is part of the divine realm right alongside the down-to-earth idea that virtue is rational activity in relation to the world as we find it. This chapter argues that the same idea can be found in Stoic ethics as well, in a way that can reveal new options for understanding Plato's conception of virtue as likeness to God.

Keywords: Platonism; Stoics; virtue; God; divine realm

Chapter.  17893 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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