Socrates praises moderation and speaks of it as a virtue. Callicles, on the other hand, despises it: ‘The people that you call moderate are half-witted’ (491). He characterises it as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘injurious’ (492). He praises the opposite of moderation: ‘Luxury and excess and licence, provided that they can obtain sufficient backing, are virtue and happiness’ (492).
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- 18.See Dilman (1973(a)) in Chapter it, p. 168 on ‘Logical Necessity’.Google Scholar