Does Socrates Consistently Hold the Sufficiency Thesis?

In Socrates, pleasure, and value. New York: Oxford University Press (1999)
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Although Socrates gives a compelling argument in Republic book 1 that virtue is sufficient for happiness, in other passages he seems to hold that it is insufficient. Brickhouse and Smith resolve the apparent inconsistency by attributing an insufficiency thesis to Socrates. I argue, against their interpretation, that Socrates can consistently hold the sufficiency thesis.



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