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Socrates, Pleasure, and Value$
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George Rudebusch

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195159616.001.0001

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The Righteous Are Happy

The Righteous Are Happy

Chapter:
(p.97) Eight The Righteous Are Happy
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Socrates, Pleasure, and Value
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George Rudebusch (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195159616.003.0008

At the end of Republic Book 1, Socrates leads Thrasymachus to the conclusion that unrighteousness is never more profitable than righteousness, by showing that the righteous are happy and the unrighteous miserable. This argument, although the cornerstone of Socratic ethics, has seemed laughable to many interpreters. I defend the argument.

Keywords:   happiness, human good, Plato, righteousness, Socrates, Thrasymachus, virtue, wisdom

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