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Happiness for Humans$
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Daniel C. Russell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583683

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583683.001.0001

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Socrates’ Case for the Sufficiency Thesis

Socrates’ Case for the Sufficiency Thesis

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(p.135) 6 Socrates’ Case for the Sufficiency Thesis
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Happiness for Humans
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Daniel C. Russell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583683.003.0007

This chapter begins the examination of the Stoics’ thesis that virtuous activity is sufficient for happiness, starting with its origins in several of Plato’s Socratic dialogues. It argues that Socrates’ argument for the sufficiency of virtue for happiness is best understood as the Stoics understood it, viz. relying on a “formalized” conception of activity as the exercise of choice within circumstances from which the self is always distinct. Other interpretations of Socrates’ position are considered and rejected.

Keywords:   activity, apology, Cicero, On Goals, Epictetus, Euthydemus, Gorgias, Terence Irwin, Plato, Naomi Reshotko, George Rudebusch, self, Socrates, virtuous activity

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