Seek Moral Perfection

Wed, Mar 06

We've considered the basis of morality and three different views about what it is to be moral.  Now we turn to the question: just how moral should you try to be?  Should you be just moral enough to have friends and avoid being punished?  Or do you have good reason to be moral even if you don't get anything else out of it?  Is being moral a final end?  Plato raises this question in the Republic and tries to develop a convincing argument that pursuing justice is good for us, no matter what else we might get out of it.

Key Concepts: Instrumental Good, Intrinsic Good, Tripartite Soul (Platonic theory)