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Plato's Ethics$
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Terence Irwin

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195086454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195086457.001.0001

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Reason and Virtue

Reason and Virtue

(p.339) 20 Reason and Virtue
Plato's Ethics

Terence Irwin (Contributor Webpage)

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The last chapter analyses how Plato’s ethical views are developed in the later dialogues (the Philebus, the Statesman, and the Laws). In the last dialogue Plato tries to harmonise the different virtues. The relations between pleasure, happiness, and desire are analysed. Finally, the role played by the cardinal virtues in the later dialogues is examined, in particular, a certain attention toward the condition of wisdom and how it is related to the other virtues.

Keywords:   Desire, Happiness, Laws, Philebus, Pleasure, Plato, Statesman, Virtues, Wisdom

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