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Plato's Crito : a deontological reading

Author: Lisa Dawn Sklar
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : University of Central Florida, 2009.
Dissertation: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Central Florida, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : State or province government publication : eBook   Computer File : English
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Plato's Crito depicts Socrates in prison awaiting his execution and arguing that despite the injustice of his sentence, he is morally obligated to remain there so that it can be carried out. The early Socratic dialogues were concerned with the nature of the virtues which formed the foundation of Athenian morals. This "primacy of virtue" has developed into the modern theory of virtue ethics. In this thesis, I argue  Read more...
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Named Person: Plato.; Socrates.; Immanuel Kant; W D Ross; Immanuel Kant; W D Ross; Socrates.
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Dawn Sklar
OCLC Number: 505208725
Notes: Adviser: Nancy Stanlick.
Description: iv, 58 p.
Details: System requirements: World Wide Web browser and PDF reader.; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: by Lisa Dawn Sklar.

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Plato's Crito depicts Socrates in prison awaiting his execution and arguing that despite the injustice of his sentence, he is morally obligated to remain there so that it can be carried out. The early Socratic dialogues were concerned with the nature of the virtues which formed the foundation of Athenian morals. This "primacy of virtue" has developed into the modern theory of virtue ethics. In this thesis, I argue that in the Crito, Socrates sets aside his typical virtue ethics approach, and instead utilizes a deontological framework for his arguments. I apply the deontological theories of Immanuel Kant and W.D. Ross to the Crito in an attempt to demonstrate that it has a distinctly duty-based focus that is consistent with the work of Kant and Ross. Finally, I raise the question of whether Ross' theory can be viewed as a bridge between virtue ethics and deontological ethics.

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