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Aiming at Virtue in Plato Iakovos Vasiliou

Aiming at Virtue in Plato

Iakovos Vasiliou

Published April 14th 2011
ISBN : 9780521367943
Paperback
322 pages
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This study of Platos ethics focuses on the concept of virtue. Based on detailed readings of the most prominent Platonic dialogues on virtue, it argues that there is a central yet previously unnoticed conceptual distinction in Plato between the ideaMoreThis study of Platos ethics focuses on the concept of virtue. Based on detailed readings of the most prominent Platonic dialogues on virtue, it argues that there is a central yet previously unnoticed conceptual distinction in Plato between the idea of virtue as the supreme aim of ones actions and the determination of which action-tokens or -types are virtuous. Appreciating the aiming/determining distinction provides detailed and mutually consistent readings of the most well-known Platonic dialogues on virtue as well as original interpretations of central Platonic questions. Unlike most examinations of Platos ethics, this study does not take as its centrepiece the eudaimonist framework, which focuses on the relationship between virtue and happiness. Instead, it argues that the dialogues themselves begin with the idea of the supremacy of virtue, examine how that claim can be defended, and address how to determine what constitutes the virtuous action.