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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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Socrates' Arguments About the Virtues

Socrates' Arguments About the Virtues

(p.31) 3 Socrates' Arguments About the Virtues
Plato's Ethics

Terence Irwin (Contributor Webpage)

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The main task of chapter 3 is to consider how Socrates regards virtues. To start with, the aporetic character of Plato’s early dialogues is recalled. Then, it is investigated why Socrates refuses to define virtues in moral terms and rather prefers non-moral terms. Finally, a careful consideration of how Socrates evaluates some virtues and how he defines them is offered.

Keywords:   Platonic dialogues, Plato, Definition, Moral terms, Virtues, Socrates

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