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Virtue Is Knowledge: The Moral Foundations of Socratic Political Philosophy

Lorraine Smith Pangle


This book explores the famous Socratic paradox, or claim that virtue is knowledge, in five dialogues in which that claim is most fully elaborated, the Apology, Gorgias, Meno, Protagoras, and Laws. The equation of virtue and knowledge points to the core of the Socratic view of human excellence at the same time as it represents a central puzzle of the dialogues. What is the character of the knowledge or wisdom that is said to be virtue? Can Socrates be serious in his claims that human excellence is constituted simply by one virtue, that vice is merely the result of ignorance, and that the correc ... More

Keywords: Socrates, Plato, Socratic thesis, Socratic paradox, virtue, knowledge, wisdom, moral responsibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226136547
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226136684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorraine Smith Pangle, author