This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Why Was Socrates Regarded As A Man Of Virtue?

7161 words - 29 pages

Why was Socrates regarded as a man of virtue?
Why was Socrates regarded as a man of virtue?

Socrates: Man of Virtue (470-399 B.C.E.) Socrates proposed the theory of value in which there are two sorts of good: virtue and happiness. Both are unconditional goods. But happiness is a "self-generated" good in that it "derives its value strictly from its inherent properties;" whereas virtue is an "other-generated" good in that it derives its value from happiness, precisely from its conduciveness to happiness.

Virtue is an instinct in all humanity which can be aroused through self-examination. This universal truth is accessible to everyone who thinks and question. Socrates assumes that any ...view middle of the document...

Socrates argued that all virtues are a sort of wisdom, but it isn’t clear that one sort of wisdom would require all sorts of wisdom. I could know nothing about programming computers, but that doesn’t seem to make me less virtuous. However, Socrates might have envisioned a person with an ideal virtue (such as ideal courage) that would require us to possess all other virtues assuming that there will be at least one situation when one virtue requires another. For example, moderation might require the courage to feel the pain of withdrawal symptoms after we become addicted to cigarettes.
Socrates come to the conclusion that actions must be accompanied by wisdom or knowledge in order to be virtuous. If all virtuous actions are accompanied by wisdom or knowledge, then virtue must be either partly or wholly knowledge. These are the reasons why he was named as A Man of Virtue.

Socrates: Man of Virtue (470-399 B.C.E.) Socrates proposed the theory of value in which there are two sorts of good: virtue and happiness. Both are unconditional goods. But happiness is a "self-generated" good in that it "derives its value strictly from its inherent properties;" whereas virtue is an "other-generated" good in that it derives its value from happiness, precisely from its conduciveness to happiness.

Virtue is an instinct in all humanity which can be aroused through self-examination. This universal truth is accessible to everyone who thinks and question. Socrates assumes that any person with whom he talks has the resource to answer his question correctly, that is, that no specialist knowledge is required.
Socrates thought that knowledge is virtue, and virtue leads to happiness. It makes sense to think that moral people know what morality is. If you know right from wrong, then you might be able to choose to do what you know to be right. It also makes some sense to suspect that our beliefs about right and wrong influence our decisions. If we believe its right to help a drowning child, then it would be fairly shocking to decide not to do so—and it would less surprising when we decide to help the child.
It is quite a shocking statement to say that virtue always leads to happiness. Criminals commit crimes that hurt others to help themselves. To think that their crimes would make them unhappy is a strange thought. However, it isn’t too shocking to think that helping others can make us happy, so doing the right thing might be more fulfilling than committing crimes.
Perhaps the most shocking thought that Socrates proposed was the unity of the virtues—if you have one virtue, then you have them all. Courage requires wisdom, wisdom requires moderation (e.g. appropriate eating habits), and moderation requires courage. Socrates argued that all virtues are a sort of wisdom, but it isn’t clear that one sort of wisdom would require all sorts of wisdom. I could know nothing about programming computers, but that doesn’t seem to make me less virtuous. However, Socrates might...

Other assignments on Why Was Socrates Regarded As A Man Of Virtue?

Influence Of Visual Media On Us As A Society

354 words - 2 pages TV shows. Reality shows try showing how people act when they think no one else is around them. When in reality all they are showing, is that it’s alright to be in a culture, of acting horrendously. The invention of the following technological devices such as computers, cell phones, and game consoles, broadened people’s minds to a whole new type of entertainment to add to our culture. These inventions which changed American culture did make our

Think Of The Economy As Being More Like A Cat Than A Washing Machine

480 words - 2 pages Rule 1: Think of the economy as being more like a cat than a washing machine. We are victims of the post-Enlightenment view that the world functions like a sophisticated machine, to be understood like a textbook engineering problem and run by wonks. In other words, like a home appliance, not like the human body. If this were so, our institutions would have no self-healing properties and would need someone to run and micromanage them, to protect

Price Of A Cup Of Tea To Rise As Demand Soars

1561 words - 7 pages Price of a cup of tea to rise as demand soars Student: Elie Gharib Student Number: 16443365 Lecturer: Dr. Neil Perry Economics 200425 Due Date: 25th October 2013. Drinking tea is much more than a habit but a cultural tradition that dates back for centuries. Second only to water, tea is the most consumed drink in the world. People enjoy a cup of tea especially in the winter season

Inquiring About The Inner Energy As A Unconscious Source Of Creativity

1112 words - 5 pages nature. I have intuitively been investigating the “inner” energy for a few months without being aware of it. I started to recognize it when pulling recent artwork discovered that I have been working with water, the ocean, and mountains. These elements were very much present in most of them. With the vast open space represented by these places at first I misread the inner as the outer and was confused for a while not feeling where to go with it

Evaluation Of L – Proline As A Catalyst For An Asymmetric Aldol Reaction

2273 words - 10 pages was experienced in this lab is the nucleophillic addition of an enolate to a carbonyl group to form a B-hydroxycarbonyl. This reaction is a very powerful method to construct of carbon-carbon bonds. Nature has developed the aldolase enzymes that catalyze biological aldol reactions. Aldolase is the enzyme that produces only one enantiomeric product that is hard to achieve. A simple amino acid L-proline can be used as the aldolase catalyst in

Philosophy Of Socrates

452 words - 2 pages . But the true reason why Socrates is my favorite philosopher is his utter fearlessness. Socrates faced his death with readiness and unfailing belief in his ideals. This is truly the reason why his philosophy and story has been passed down as an example through the generations. The most important lesson Socrates taught us was to stand by your beliefs through thick and thin, and to never give in to a life you disagree with, even when faced with death.

Socrates Vs Sophist

863 words - 4 pages sort of fulfill [their] function in the organization.” He implies that they “don’t initiate or create,” making them like Sophist because they are just fulfilling a role but do not have any knowledge about why they are doing it. They cannot be like Socrates because that is what he was all about, the examination of life. Deresiewicz believes this Sophist way of life where “kids are constantly busy, and have no time for solitude or reflection, is

Socrates

1476 words - 6 pages Clouds Socrates is a crazy person who tries to scam people out of their money. Plato wrote that Socrates taught for free. We do not know if Plato's description of Socrates is accurate or not. That is called the 'Socratic problem'. While a lot of what Plato wrote about Socrates is accepted by historians, some believe that Plato (who saw Socrates as a hero) portrayed Socrates as a greater man than he actually was. Some think that Plato was using the

Philosophy

1210 words - 5 pages answered that there was no man wiser." (Pg30-) Socrates says, "......God orders me to fulfil the philosopher's mission of searching into myself and other men....., (pg 34)".....And this is a duty which God has imposed upon me as i am assured by oracles, visions and in every sort of way .....one." Criticism: 1) May be what oracle wanted to say was that there was no man wiser than Socrates, the Oracle could have meant that everyone had the same

Night

415 words - 2 pages ESSAY DBQ2: ANCIENT GREEK CONTRIBUTIONS Many of the roots of Western civilizations can be traced back to the ancient Greeks. They made long-lasting contributions in the areas of art, architecture, philosophy, math, drama, and science. Socrates, Aristotle and Plato were three philosophers. Socrates was a well-known teacher in Athens. Socrates was famous for questioning about life, and also about "why"" Socrates

Philosophy Paper

733 words - 3 pages known as the strong people of our society. He also brings out a point of view that “justice is different under different political regimes according to laws.” Socrates has 3 arguments to go against what Thrasymachus stated. First he makes Thrasymachus understand and admit that his point of references view injustice as a virtue. However, injustice cannot in any way be a virtue because it is contrary to wisdom. With the thought of justice being a

Similar Documents

1. Is The Mystery Man With Twenty One Faces A Great Criminal? Why Or Why Not

593 words - 3 pages 1. Is the Mystery Man with Twenty-One faces a great criminal? Why or why not? Great criminals are those who threaten the laws of a sovereign. Laws only serve as vulnerable limitations, to which criminals seek to surpass. German Philosopher Walter Benjamin suggests that the law breaking tendencies of criminals create admiration and envy amongst the public. In the case of the mystery man with twenty faces, the popularity their crimes garnered

A Portrait Of The Artist Of A Young Man

813 words - 4 pages “A
Portrait
of
the
Artist
as
a
Young
Man”:
Shaping
Identity By
April
16
2012 Powell Texts
and
Contexts 16
April
2012 “A
Portrait
of
the
Artist
as
a
Young
Man”:
Shaping
Identity The
first
scene
of
James
Joyce’s
novel
“A
Portrait
of
the
Artist
as
a
Young
Man”
presents the
protagonist,
as
a
child
then
as
a
young
man.
This
scene
condenses
the
journey
by foreshadowing
the
challenges
the
protagonist
will
experience
leading
to
him
becoming
the

Correlation As A Measure Of Association Summary

725 words - 3 pages Correlation as a measure of association summary BSHS/435 January 24 2016 Correlation as a measure of association summary Introduction In this essay I will describe correlation is a measure of association as well as describe different methods of establishing a correlation between variables. In this essay I will also explain advantages and disadvantages of each method, were each must be applied, and provide particular

Special Attraction Of International Trade As A Market Entry Mode

826 words - 4 pages Elijah 17. God commanded a widower to feed Elijah at Zarephath. True/False. ANS. False 18. When Elijah met the widow, what was she doing? ANS. Gathering sticks 19. What was the first thing Elijah ask the widow when he met her? ANS. A little water in a jar 20. Who said this, “and bring me, please, a piece of bread.” ANS. Elijah 21. What was the widow`s response when Elijah ask for a piece of bread? ANS. As surely as the Lord your