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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: From Happiness to Virtue

Socrates: From Happiness to Virtue

(p.52) 4 Socrates: From Happiness to Virtue
Plato's Ethics

Terence Irwin (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapter 4 focuses on the Euthydemus to discuss Socrates’ theories of happiness and wisdom. Firstly, it is pointed out that Socrates may be labelled as “eudamonist” because of the claim he makes in the Euthydemus that happiness is a general and not a particular virtue. Secondly, Socrates’ instrumentalist view according to which the different virtues may be means to one end, i.e., happiness, is examined. Thirdly, several arguments are discussed according to which Socrates demonstrates that wisdom is the only good.

Keywords:   Ends, Eudamonism, Plato, Euthydemus, Good, Happiness, Instrumentalism, Socrates, Virtue, Wisdom

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