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An Insight into Plato’s perspective on Ethics
This paper reviews one fragment that appears in Plato’s Republic, namely: "Now no one,
it seems, would be so incorruptible that he would stay on the path of justice, or bring himself to
keep away from other people's possessions and not touch them, when he could take whatever he
wanted ..." (Republic 360b)". It is argued that Plato used this statement with the goal of
questioning the reasons for which men should behave according to ethical standards in a context
where he wanted to prove that virtue is needed for ethical behavior, and consequently, for
In Republic, Plato discussed his views on ethics and happiness. He believed that people
only truly happen when they pose the virtues they need in order to behave morally. For this
philosopher, human well-being is the highest achievement of moral thought. Plato’s concept of
happiness might be difficult to understand, as he often makes reference to concepts that seem out
of the ordinary understanding. More so, in many parts of the Republic, it appears that Plato
believes the soul must remain aloof from the pleasures of the body, which in some ways
resembles more some concepts of Christianity than our common understanding of happiness.
That being said, by...