Single Idea 1663

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / a. Nature of virtue]

Full Idea

Socrates uses the word 'areté' to mean precisely what we mean by moral virtue.


'Areté' normally translates as either 'virtue' or 'excellence'

Gist of Idea

By 'areté' Socrates means just what we mean by moral virtue


comment on Socrates (reports of career [c.420 BCE]) by Gregory Vlastos - Socrates: Ironist and Moral Philosopher p.200

Book Reference

Vlastos,Gregory: 'Socrates: Ironist and Moral Philosopher' [CUP 1992], p.200