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Socrates on Knowledge, Virtue, and Happiness
Nicholas Smith, Lewis and Clark College

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Socrates on Self-Improvement: Knowledge, Virtue, and Happiness (Book)
Title: Socrates on Self-Improvement: Knowledge, Virtue, and Happiness
Author: Nicholas D. Smith
Abstract: What model of knowledge does Socrates use? In this book, Nicholas D. Smith argues that it is akin to knowledge of a craft that is acquired by degrees, rather than straightforward knowledge of facts. He contends that a failure to recognize and identify this model, and attempts to ground ethical success in contemporary accounts of propositional or informational knowledge, have led to distortions of Socrates' philosophical mission to improve himself and others in the domain of practical ethics. He shows that the model of craft-knowledge makes sense of a number of issues scholars have struggled to understand, and makes a case for attributing to Socrates a very sophisticated and plausible view of the improvability of the human condition.
Year: 2021
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Secondary URL Description: Cambridge University Press
Access Model: ebook and print
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-1-316-5155
Copy sent to NEH?: No