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Plato's Ethics

Terence Irwin


This book is an evolution of Plato’s Moral Theory where Irwin presented for the first time his personal interpretation of Plato’s ethics. The aim of this book is to demonstrate that Plato’s rejection of Socrates’ instrumentalism is one of the key elements in the development of Plato’s philosophical perspective. The book, which is structured in 20 chapters, is a dialogue by dialogue commentary, which discusses Plato’s ethics in context of his metaphysics and epistemology. The first chapters study how in his early dialogues (Laches, Charmides, and Euthydemus) Plato interprets Socrates’ method an ... More

Keywords: Good, Plato, Gorgias, Happiness, Instrumentalism, Meno, Protagoras, Socrates, Republic, Virtues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195086454
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195086457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence Irwin, author
Cornell University
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