chapter  1
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VIRTUE AS KNOWLEDGE: SOCRATES AND PLATO

Here, of course, I can provide no more than a partial and simplified account of the views on moral life and education of these two great ancient philosophers. Of necessity, my account of Socrates and Plato will be simple and unsophisticated since as a lay reader rather than a professional scholar of Plato my

reading of his works is at best innocent and at worst ignorant of the many subtle disputes concerning their proper interpretation that have continued down the centuries to modern times. Although my account of Plato and Socrates will be relatively simple, however, I trust that it will not be too controversial since I shall try to concentrate only on identifying some general Platonic arguments and insights into the nature of moral life and education concerning which there is considerable agreement.