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Socratic Virtue

Socratic Virtue
Making the Best of the Neither-Good-Nor-Bad

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  • Date Published: August 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521846189

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  • Socrates was not a moral philosopher. Instead he was a theorist who showed how human desire and human knowledge complement one another in the pursuit of human happiness. His theory allowed him to demonstrate that actions and objects have no value other than that which they derive from their employment by individuals who, inevitably, desire their own happiness and have the knowledge to use actions and objects as a means for its attainment. The result is a naturalised, practical, and demystified account of good and bad, and right and wrong. Professor Reshotko presents a freshly envisioned Socratic theory residing at the intersection of the philosophy of mind and ethics. It makes an important contribution to the study of the Platonic dialogues and will also interest all scholars of ethics and moral psychology.

    • Provides a complete account of the philosophy of Plato's Socratic Dialogues
    • Challenges the assumption that Socrates held that there is a categorically 'moral' notion of good
    • Accessible to scholars of modern philosophy, with all Greek translated
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    "...those who work on Socrates are engaged in an exciting and never-ending discusstion about how best to articulate his ideas and arguments. In Socratic Virtue Naomi Reshotko clearly and forcefully presents a case for an intriguing and powerful interpretation and thus makes a valuable contribution to that ongoing conversation." --BMCR

    "...those who work on Socrates are engaged in an exciting and never-ending discussion about how best to articulate his ideas and arguments. In Socratic Virtue Naomi Reshotko clearly and forcefully presents a case for an intriguing and powerful interpretation and thus makes a valuable contribution to that ongoing conversation." - Randall M. Jensen, Northwestern College

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    • Date Published: August 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521846189
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The Socratic Theory of Motivation:
    2. Socratic desire
    3. Socratic egoism
    4. Socratic intellectualism
    Part II. Socratic Value:
    5. The good, the bad, and the neither-good-nor-bad
    6. Virtue and happiness: two different kinds of goods
    Part III. Virtue and its Relationship to Happiness:
    7. Does virtue make us happy?
    8. Virtue as a science
    9. Happiness, virtue, and pleasure
    10. Reflections on Socratic ethics and the demystification of morality.

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    Naomi Reshotko, University of Denver

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