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p. 535. Virtue, in me and in my societylocked

p. 535. Virtue, in me and in my societylocked

  • Julia Annas


‘Virtue, in me and in my society’ explores how Plato deals with the question of how to live a good life. People think that their life will go well, and that they will be happy, if they have the things that most people think are good — health, wealth, etc. For Plato these things do not do you any good until you put them to use. Happiness cannot just be the stuff you have; you have to put it to good use, and the virtues which enable us to do so are called (in the Laws) ‘divine goods’, in contrast to the ‘human goods’ constituted by those material advantages.

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