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Conceptions of Courage in Plato's "Laches"
A look at how Plato explores the nature of the virtue of courage in his work "Laches".
# 144144 | 1,750 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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The paper relates that for Plato, the most important tenet of discussion was that ethical or virtuous actions are not easily defined; that we may formulate more knowledge about our beliefs through dialectic than through assumption. The paper explains that even the bravest soldier, responsible for the lives of thousands of men, will not always be able to demonstrate the criteria for courage.

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"In "Laches", Plato explores the nature of the virtue of courage. Illustrating the concept through dialogue between Socrates and two distinguished Athenian generals, Laches and Nicias, Plato examines what it means to be a man. The conversation progresses from a discussion about taking a stand in battle and having the ability to defend one's position despite the difficulty of the circumstances, toward a more oblique understanding of virtue and nobility. Laches, in this dialectic, represents the student. Socrates notes that if one has internalized an understanding of the virtue of courage, one will..."

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