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The Resource Plato's stepping stones : degrees of moral virtue, Michael Cormack

Plato's stepping stones : degrees of moral virtue, Michael Cormack

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Plato's stepping stones : degrees of moral virtue
Title
Plato's stepping stones
Title remainder
degrees of moral virtue
Statement of responsibility
Michael Cormack
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "One of the fundamental tenets of Platonism is the assertion that 'virtue is knowledge'. Yet Socrates and the other characters in Plato's dialogues do not maintain consistent views on the role of knowledge in virtue. This book harmonizes these inconsistencies and develops a new interpretation of the puzzling claim that virtue is knowledge."--Jacket
  • "One difficulty with interpreting Plato is that his philosophical views are hidden within his dialogues and articulated through his dramatic characters. Nowhere in the dialogues does Plato the philosopher speak directly to his readers. One of the fundamental tenets of Platonism is the assertion that 'virtue is knowledge'. Yet Socrates and the other characters in the dialogues do not maintain consistent views on the role of knowledge in virtue. This book develops a new interpretation of the puzzling claim that virtue is knowledge, while also providing a reading of the dialogues as a whole which harmonizes the apparently diverse statements of their various characters. Michael Cormack examines dialogues from Plato's early and middle periods, emphasizing the role knowledge plays in each. The most significant of Plato's examples of knowledge is the type of knowledge possessed by the craftsman. Using craft knowledge as a guide, Cormack illustrates the similarities and differences between craft knowledge and Plato's concept of moral knowledge - that specific type of knowledge identified with virtue. While the Platonic conception of virtue is widely recognized as the apprehension of universal truths, this book illustrates how the dialogues reveal a number of distinct degrees of understanding that correspond to distinct degrees of virtue. The significance of this interpretation is that Plato has not only revealed the goal of the philosophic life, but has shown us the path - or the 'stepping stones' as he calls them in the Republic - that we should follow to reach that goal."--Publisher's website
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YDXCP
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Cormack, Michael
Index
index present
LC call number
B398.V57
LC item number
.C67 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Continuum studies in ancient philosophy
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  • Plato
  • Virtue
  • Knowledge, Theory of
Label
Plato's stepping stones : degrees of moral virtue, Michael Cormack
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [137]-143) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Interpreting the dialogues -- The craft analogy in the early dialogues -- Potential difficulties with the craft analogy -- Virtue and its acquisition -- Degrees of virtue in the middle dialogues -- The role of knowledge in virtue
Control code
76941684
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
148 pages
Isbn
9780826488084
Isbn Type
(hard)
Lccn
2007271421
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)76941684
Label
Plato's stepping stones : degrees of moral virtue, Michael Cormack
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [137]-143) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Interpreting the dialogues -- The craft analogy in the early dialogues -- Potential difficulties with the craft analogy -- Virtue and its acquisition -- Degrees of virtue in the middle dialogues -- The role of knowledge in virtue
Control code
76941684
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
148 pages
Isbn
9780826488084
Isbn Type
(hard)
Lccn
2007271421
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)76941684

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