Plato's Ethics

Nicholas White

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199545971
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Plato's Ethics

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This chapter, which analyses Plato's thinking about ethics and his engagement with it, first reviews his earlier works and asks why neither of them address ethical questions. It then turns to Plato's classical works, particularly the Republic, which suggest a definite ethical position, arguing that they, like his earlier works, are best regarded as often exploring questions rather than as always propounding doctrine.

Keywords: Plato; ethics; ethical position; Republic

Article.  11390 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Classical Philosophy

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