Plato and the Ethics of Virtue

Authored by: Nicholas White

The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics

Print publication date:  February  2015
Online publication date:  February  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415659338
eBook ISBN: 9780203071755
Adobe ISBN: 9781135096694


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In recent years some of Plato’s readers, influenced by discussions of the ‘ethics of virtue’ over recent decades, have been moved to ask whether Plato espouses such a view, and have given various different answers. The question is difficult, because the phrase still doesn’t have a clear-cut meaning. This is caused partly by the fact that its component expressions, ‘ethics’ and ‘virtue’ are likewise ambiguous. And even ‘of’ causes difficulties, because there’s little agreement about what, in the phrase ‘ethics of virtue,’ the relation between virtue and ethics is supposed to be.

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