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Virtue in Several Dialogues


virtue in Several Dialogues

to speak. Because a techne is, by definition, teachable, Socrates would have to establish that such knowledge can be taught, but as we see from the Protagoras Socrates has grave doubts on this score. And if one side of the figure be of two feet, and the other side be of two feet, how much will the whole be? But if Plato assumes that the convictions that survive Socratic questioning will eventually coalesce into an account of the good life, then he keeps this expectation to himself. Socrates argues that knowledge leads to confidence, but Protagoras insists that this is irrelevant, because not all confident people are courageous. For all the advances that the Republic represents in some respects, Platos ideal city seems to us far from ideal. As the obscurities in Aristotles various reports indicate, the doctrine cannot ever have reached a definitive stage, for abortion: Pro Life, Pro Choice at one point he complains that Platos theory relied on too few numbers ( Met.

Virtue in Several Dialogues
virtue in Several Dialogues

Lesson 3 Part 5: What Is Virtue?



virtue in Several Dialogues

Aristotle... Virtues and Vices, The Virtue of True Friendship,

Like the Euthyphro, then, the Laches could be read as supporting the unity of virtue. As the geometrician, when he is asked whether a certain triangle is capable being inscribed in a certain circle, will reply: "I cannot tell you as yet; but I will offer a hypothesis which may assist us in forming a conclusion: If the figure. This puzzle is taken up to some extent in the Meno. For the dialogue falls into three rather disparate parts. Therefore, in Book V of the Laws he recommends a mixed constitution and a nomocracy as being more appropriate than a monarchy of the best minds. But would he not have wanted? Did you never hear that he made his son Cleophantus a famous horseman; and had reasons for Allied Victory him taught to stand upright on horseback and hurl a javelin, and to do many other marvellous things; and in anything which could be learned from a master he was. Rather, he confines himself to warnings against the contamination of the soul by the senses and their pleasures, and quite generally against corruption by worldly values. Hence, it is clear that justice is a good state of the soul that makes its possessor happy, and injustice is its opposite.

However, Plato eventually set aside the project of illustrating the ideal city in action: the Critias breaks off after 15 pages, in mid-sentence, and the third dialogue in the series, Hermocrates, was never written at all. And the non-acquisition of gold and silver in a dishonest manner for oneself or another, or in other words the want of them, may be equally virtue? The anxious fathers had not expressed concern about ethics, but Socrates takes their question as ethical.


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