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In "The Socratic Paradox and Its Enemies", Roslyn Weiss argues that the Socratic paradoxes - no one does wrong willingly, virtue is knowledge, and all the virtues are one - are best understood as Socrates' way of combating sophistic views: that no one is willingly just, those who are just and temperate are ignorant fools, and only some virtues (courage and wisdom) but not others (justice, temperance, and piety) are marks of true excellence.In Weiss' view, the paradoxes express Socrates' belief that wrongdoing fails to yield the happiness that all people want; it is therefore the unjust and immoderate who are the fools. The paradoxes thus emerge as Socrates' means of championing the cause of justice in the face of those who would impugn it. Her fresh approach - ranging over six of Plato's dialogues - is sure to spark debate in philosophy, classics, and political theory.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226891736
ISBN-10: 0226891739
Format: Paperback
(231mm x 165mm x 10mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Roslyn Weiss

Roslyn Weiss is the Clara H. Stewardson Professor of Philosophy at Lehigh University. She is the author of Socrates Dissatisfied: An Analysis of Plato's "Crito" and Virtue in the Cave: Moral Inquiry in Plato's "Meno."

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