Aiming at Virtue in Plato by Iakovos Vasiliou

By Iakovos Vasiliou

This leading edge learn of Plato's ethics makes a speciality of the idea that of advantage. in response to exact readings of the main sought after Platonic dialogues on advantage, it argues that there's a critical but formerly omitted conceptual contrast in Plato among the assumption of advantage because the ideally suited objective of one's activities and the choice of which action-tokens or -types are virtuous. Appreciating the 'aiming/determining distinction' presents special and at the same time constant readings of the main recognized Platonic dialogues on advantage in addition to unique interpretations of crucial Platonic questions. in contrast to so much examinations of Plato's ethics, this learn doesn't take as its centrepiece the 'eudaimonist framework', which focusses at the courting among advantage and happiness. as a substitute Aiming at advantage in Plato argues that the dialogues themselves start with the belief of the supremacy of advantage, study how that declare might be defended, and tackle find out how to be sure what constitutes the virtuous motion.

Show description

Read or Download Aiming at Virtue in Plato PDF

Best philosophy books

On the Good Life

For the good Roman orator and statesman Cicero, 'the strong life' used to be instantly a lifetime of contentment and certainly one of ethical advantage - and the 2 have been inescapably intertwined. This quantity brings jointly a variety of his reflections upon the significance of ethical integrity within the look for happiness.

Goodbye, Kant!: What Still Stands of the Critique of Pure Reason (SUNY series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy)

A penetrating and freewheeling review of Kant's magnum opus.

A most sensible vendor in Italy, Maurizio Ferraris’s so long, Kant! provides a nontechnical, wonderful, and infrequently irreverent evaluation of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of natural cause. He borrows his identify from Wolfgang Becker’s so long Lenin! , the 2003 movie approximately East Germany after the autumn of the Berlin Wall, which depicts either reduction on the passing of the Soviet period and affection for the beliefs it embodied. Ferraris methods Kant in related spirits, demonstrating how the constitution that Kant elaborates for the certainty of human wisdom can generate nostalgia for misplaced aspirations, whereas nonetheless leaving room for confident feedback. keeping apart key subject matters and issues within the paintings, Ferraris evaluates Kant’s claims relative to what technology and philosophy have come to treat because the stipulations for wisdom and event within the intervening centuries. He is still aware of the old context and beliefs from which Kant’s Critique emerged but in addition resolute in selecting what he sees because the limits and blind spots within the paintings. the result's an available account of a notoriously tricky e-book that would either galvanize specialists and introduce scholars to the paintings and to those very important philosophical debates in regards to the kin of expertise to science.

“This brief e-book presents an obtainable account of a really tough one, the Critique of natural cause, via a ways the main influential of Kant’s works … [it] offers nutrition for suggestion for either specialists and scholars. ” — Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Maurizio Ferraris is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy on the college of Turin in Italy. His many books contain Documentality: Why it is crucial to go away lines, additionally translated by means of Richard Davies.

Richard Davies is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy on the college of Bergamo, Italy, and writer of Descartes: trust, Scepticism and advantage.

La memoria del Logos: Estudios sobre el diálogo platónico

La memoria del trademarks es uno de los textos clave de Emilio Lledó, gran exponente de l. a. filosofía contemporánea
Dialogar con el creador de los diálogos es uno de los ejercicios más fecundos para volver a plantear las cuestiones esenciales de l. a. filosofía. En las largas listas de investigaciones sobre Platón se ha olvidado frecuentemente que entre su orilla y l. a. nuestra fluyen las mismas preguntas. ¿Cómo vivir? ¿Para qué pensar? ¿Cómo relacionar l. a. inspiration y l. a. realidad? ¿Qué es sentir? ¿Qué es amor? ¿Cómo puede el lenguaje comunicar eso que se llama «verdad»? ¿Por qué el lenguaje puede ir más allá que l. a. basic referencia a lo actual? ¿Tiene los angeles teoría alguna otra justificación que aquella que le da l. a. praxis? ¿Son los conceptos, las palabras, reflejo fiel de l. a. vida y del conocimiento, o son su deformación? ¿Puede l. a. educación, l. a. paideia, mejorar a los hombres? ¿Tiene sentido los angeles palabra felicidad? Un nuevo Platón emerge de las cuestiones que laten en este libro.

Emilio Lledó es un filósofo capaz de otorgar a l. a. filosofía una dimensión práctica y de construir puentes entre los filósofos clásicos y nosotros. Su vocación docente consigue que sus libros estén al alcance de cualquier lector interesado en l. a. filosofía, el lenguaje y l. a. moral.
«Pensador de relevancia internacional y de trayectoria ejemplar en el ámbito de las humanidades, concibe los angeles Filosofía como meditación sobre el lenguaje y subraya l. a. tendencia average del ser humano hacia l. a. comunicación. [. .. ] Hace suya los angeles razón ilustrada a través de un diálogo que impulsa l. a. convivencia en libertad y democracia. » Del acta del Jurado del premio Princesa de Asturias
«Por su pensamiento y dilatada obra, que armoniza l. a. filosofía del trademarks, los angeles hermenéutica, el valor estético y ético de l. a. palabra, los angeles defensa de los angeles libertad y reivindica los angeles vocación docente. » Declaración del jurado que le otorgó el Premio Nacional de las Letras Españolas 2014

La crítica opina. ..
«Un gran ensayista y divulgador de alto nivel, entre los temas que trata destacan l. a. defensa de los angeles lectura, los angeles felicidad, el silencio, l. a. belleza y los angeles verdad. »
Winston Manrique, El País

L'Usage des corps (Homo Sacer, IV, 2)

Avec ce livre se conclut le projet Homo Sacer commencé en 1995, qui a marqué une nouvelle course dans l. a. pensée contemporaine. Après les enquêtes archéologiques des huit volumes précédents, sont repris et définis ici les idées et ideas qui, durant presque vingt ans, ont conduit Giorgio Agamben à mener sa recherche dans un territoire inexploré dont les frontières dessinent un nouvel utilization des corps, de los angeles approach, du paysage.

Additional resources for Aiming at Virtue in Plato

Example text

This is important, and conditions Plato’s arguments against hedonism and conventionalism. It makes determining questions urgent: what is true virtue and vice? If the good is pleasure or the right is established by convention, then it is relatively simple to determine what is good or right in some circumstances by determining what gratifies one’s appetite or what the laws of a city command. The virtuous action would be the action that maximizes one’s pleasure or the one that does not break any societal agreements.

Although I disagree with Brickhouse and Smith’s conclusion, I would like to exploit their point about the particularity of the language. , Vlastos (1985/1994), 58 ff. Dodds (1959), 341 remarks that it is as though Plato belatedly remembers to have Socrates speak in character. Brickhouse and Smith (1994), 38–45 and 127. 36 Aiming at Virtue in Plato F is”, and that is why we have both expressions used interchangeably in Socratic disavowals. ” question. 40 What this passage says is that Socrates has total, absolute confidence in SV, and, as he says in the Apology, he knows it, but he has this knowledge and its attendant confidence in the face of not knowing how these things are – that is, while at the same time not having knowledge of what virtue is.

24 Aiming at Virtue in Plato 1. 2 the supremacy of virtue in the a p o l o g y In the Apology Socrates provides no explicit argument for the claim that people should follow SV, but a substantial portion of the speech does consist of an argument to show that he himself has unwaveringly adhered to it. If Socrates is a persuasive advocate of SV in this setting, it is not because of any argument he puts forward, but because he stands as an inspirational example of commitment to it for a listener who already believes in it.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.56 of 5 – based on 45 votes