The Socratic Denial of Akrasia
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The suggestion has been made that akrasia poses a philosophical problem for a moral philosophy in which choice and decision are assumed to be of fundamental importance in human conduct. Is there evidence that the Socratic tradition exemplifies such a moral philosophy? In this section we will review such evidence and begin to trace its bearing on the interpretation of the Socratic denial of akrasia, especially as that denial is presented by Xenophon.
KeywordsEthical Theory Moral Knowledge Moral Language Late Dialogue Motivational Supremacy
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- This essay is chapter 1 of Aristotle’s Conception of Moral Weakness by James J. Walsh (New York: Columbia University Press, 1964). It is reprinted by permission of the author and publisher.Google Scholar