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Immorality or Immortality? An Argument for Virtue

Anderson, M; (2019) Immorality or Immortality? An Argument for Virtue. Rhetorica , 37 (2) pp. 97-119. 10.1525/rh.2019.37.2.97. Green open access

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Abstract

In the 5th century a number of sophists challenged the orthodox understanding of morality and claimed that practicing injustice was the best and most profitable way for an individual to live. Although a number of responses to sophistic immoralism were made, one argument, in fact coming from a pair of sophists, has not received the attention it deserves. According to the argument I call Immortal Repute, self-interested individuals should reject immorality and cultivate virtue instead, for only a virtuous agent can win the sort of everlasting reputation that makes a life truly admirable and successful.

Type: Article
Title: Immorality or Immortality? An Argument for Virtue
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1525/rh.2019.37.2.97
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1525/rh.2019.37.2.97
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2019 by The International Society for the History of Rhetoric. All rights reserved. This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Anonymous Iamlichi, Prodicus, Sophistic Movement, Immoralism, Virtue
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117935
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