Socratic Moral Psychology (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, May 6, 2010 - Philosophy
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Socrates' moral psychology is widely thought to be 'intellectualist' in the sense that, for Socrates, every ethical failure to do what is best is exclusively the result of some cognitive failure to apprehend what is best. Until publication of this book, the view that, for Socrates, emotions and desires have no role to play in causing such failure went unchallenged. This book argues against the orthodox view of Socratic intellectualism and offers in its place a comprehensive alternative account that explains why Socrates believed that emotions, desires and appetites can influence human motivation and lead to error. Thomas C. Brickhouse and Nicholas D. Smith defend the study of Socrates' philosophy and offer an alternative interpretation of Socratic moral psychology. Their novel account of Socrates' conception of virtue and how it is acquired shows that Socratic moral psychology is considerably more sophisticated than scholars have supposed.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
chapter 1 Apology of Socratic studies
11
chapter 2 Motivational intellectualism
43
chapter 3 The prudential paradox
63
chapter 4 Wrongdoing and damage to the soul
89
chapter 5 Educating the appetites and passions
132
chapter 6 Virtue intellectualism
153
chapter 7 Socrates and his ancient intellectual heirs Plato Aristotle and the Stoics
193
Appendix is Platos Gorgias consistent with the other early or Socratic dialogues?
248
Bibliography
259
Index of passages
268
General index
272
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