Socrates as a Deontologist
Theory; Happiness; Ethics; Morality; Teleology; Philosophy; Dialogue; Interpreters
[...]there is no strict characterization of teleology or consequentialism that all modem interpreters adhere to.II There is one Socratic dialogue of Plato's that shows Socrates making a selfconscious moral deliberation about his own future action under trying circumstances: the Crito.Because of its narrow focus on one situation, this dialogue provides the best place to observe Socratic moral theory in action.[...]it is not the work of justice to harm people, even enemies who are bad.13 This argument could focus on the issue of introducing more bad than good into the world.[...]I suggest we reject psychological egoism for a view I shall call psychological agathism, namely, that people act to bring about the good simpliciter.
Original Publication Citation
“Socrates as a Deontologist.” Review of Metaphysics 71 (2017): 25-43.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Graham, Daniel, "Socrates as a Deontologist" (2017). Faculty Publications. 3766.
The Review of Metaphysics
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