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The foundations of Socratic ethics

Author: Alfonso Gómez-Lobo
Publisher: Indianapolis : Hackett, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Although generally regarded as the founder of Western moral philosophy, Socrates himself wrote nothing. We know about his life and his thought only through the writings of others, notably Plato, who made Socrates the central character in many of his most important dialogues. However, Plato's portrait of Socrates (and the philosophical views he presents) changed appreciably during Plato's development as a writer. In  Read more...
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Named Person: Socrates.; Socrates.; Socrate; Socrates.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alfonso Gómez-Lobo
ISBN: 0872201740 9780872201743 0872202364 9780872202368
OCLC Number: 30667579
Description: v, 149 pages ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Etica de Sócrates.
Responsibility: Alfonso Gómez-Lobo.

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Although generally regarded as the founder of Western moral philosophy, Socrates himself wrote nothing. We know about his life and his thought only through the writings of others, notably Plato, who made Socrates the central character in many of his most important dialogues. However, Plato's portrait of Socrates (and the philosophical views he presents) changed appreciably during Plato's development as a writer. In this provocative new work, Alfonso Gomez-Lobo proposes that the earliest Platonic writings, in particular Apology, Crito, and sections of Gorgias, contain an underlying moral philosophy that can be attributed to Socrates with some degree of assurance. His aim is to show that Socratic moral philosophy is a reasonably systematic construction generated by a small number of principles or axioms. He argues that some well known Socratic maxims, such as "it is better to suffer wrong than to do wrong," can be rationally justified by appeal to those principles. Finally, Gomez-Lobo raises the question of the justification of moral principles themselves, distinguishing between the Socratic attempt to justify them by means of the elenchus, and the Platonic endeavor to derive the crucial axiom - that the good life is the just life - from a higher metaphysical principle about the good in general.

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"An indisputably noble tome that touches base with all the obvious ingredients, it has much to commend it..." -- Practical Philosophy, Autumn 2002. ... very well written, very well organized, very Read more...

 
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