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    It is argued that the true definition of justice in Plato’s Republic appears not in Book IV but in Book I, where it is clear that justice is other-oriented or external rather than internal as per Book IV. Indeed, on Book IV’s definition, there is virtually no difference between justice and moderation. Considered here is a single argument between Socrates and Thrasymachus, in which Socrates contends that imperfect injustice is “stronger” than perfect. Rather than producing a just group, the justi…Read more
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    Free to Care: Socrates’ Political Engagement
    In Paul J. Diduch & Michael P. Harding (eds.), Socrates in the Cave: On the Philosopher’s Motive in Plato, Springer Verlag. pp. 165-183. 2019.
    Taking her bearings from Socrates’ remark in Apology that “I always do your business, going to each of you privately, as a father or an older brother might do, persuading you to care for virtue”, Weiss argues that Socrates’ relationship with Alcibiades exemplifies Socrates’ freedom to care. Freedom to care means, in large part, freedom from the desires that might lead a teacher to sexually exploit his student. As Alcibiades testifies, Socrates exhibits the kind of self-control that is an absolut…Read more
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    Ο 'Αγαθός As ΌΔυνατός in the Hippias Minor
    Classical Quarterly 31 (2): 287-304. 1981.
    This paper is an attempt so to construe the arguments of the Hippias Minor as to remove the justification for regarding it as unworthy of Plato either because of its alleged fallaciousness and Sophistic mode of argument or because of its alleged immorality. It focuses, therefore, only on the arguments and their conclusions, steering clear of the dialogue's dramatic and literary aspects. Whereas I do not wish to deny the importance of these aspects to a proper understanding of the dialogue – on t…Read more
  •  2
    Crescas: Light of the Lord : Translated with Introduction and Notes (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2018.
    This is the first complete English translation of Hasdai Crescas's Light of the Lord, a seminal work of medieval Jewish philosophy. Crescas challenges the Aristotelian underpinnings of medieval thought, introduces alternative physical and metaphysical theories, and presents service to the God of love and benefaction as the goal for humankind.
  •  24
    Waiting for Godo... and Godan: Completing Rowe’s Critique of the Ontological Argument
    European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1): 65--86. 2017.
    In his critique of Anselm’s ontological argument for God’s existence, William Rowe introduces the concepts of “magico” and “magican” — defining “magicos” as magicians that do not exist, and “magicans” as magicians that do exist — to help diagnose what may have gone wrong in Anselm’s argument. As I made my way through Rowe’s intriguing article, I found myself waiting for “Godo” — and for “Godan.” I expected Rowe to invoke these counterparts to his “magico” and “magican” — a non-existing God to co…Read more
  •  45
    Courage, confidence, and wisdom in the protagoras
    Ancient Philosophy 5 (1): 11-24. 1985.
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    One of very few monographs devoted to Plato's Meno, this study emphasizes the interplay between its protagonists, Socrates and Meno. It interprets the Meno as Socrates' attempt to persuade his interlocutor, by every device at his disposal, of the value of moral inquiry—even though it fails to yield full-blown knowledge—and to encourage him to engage in such inquiry, insofar as it alone makes human life worth living.
  •  8
    The Moral and Social Dimensions of Gratitude
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 23 (4): 491-501. 1985.
  •  10
    Plato’s Craft of Justice (review)
    Ancient Philosophy 17 (1): 174-178. 1997.
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    Killing, confiscating, and banishing at gorgias 466-468
    Ancient Philosophy 12 (2): 299-315. 1992.
  •  6
    Ο 'αγαθός As Όδυνατός In The Hippias Minor
    Classical Quarterly 31 (2): 287-304. 1981.
    This paper is an attempt so to construe the arguments of the Hippias Minor as to remove the justification for regarding it as unworthy of Plato either because of its alleged fallaciousness and Sophistic mode of argument or because of its alleged immorality. It focuses, therefore, only on the arguments and their conclusions, steering clear of the dialogue's dramatic and literary aspects. Whereas I do not wish to deny the importance of these aspects to a proper understanding of the dialogue – on t…Read more
  •  112
    The Right Exchange: Phaedo 69a6-c3
    Ancient Philosophy 7 (n/a): 57-66. 1987.
  •  7
    Saadiah on Divine Grace and Human Suffering
    Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 9 (2): 155-171. 2000.
  •  9
    In Defence Of Plato (review)
    The Classical Review 52 (1): 50-51. 2002.
  •  54
    The moral and social dimensions of gratitude
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 23 (4): 491-501. 1985.
  • Introduction : two paradigms -- Philosophers by nature -- Philosophers by design I : the making of a philosopher -- Philosophers by design II : the making of a ruler -- Socratic piety : the fifth cardinal virtue -- Justice as moderation -- Conclusion : "in a healthy way."
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    A rejoinder to professors Gosling and Taylor
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 28 (1): 117-118. 1990.
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    The Socratic Paradox and its Enemies
    University of Chicago Press. 2006.
    In The Socratic Paradox and Its Enemies, Roslyn Weiss argues that the Socratic paradoxes—no one does wrong willingly, virtue is knowledge, and all the virtues are one—are best understood as Socrates’ way of combating sophistic views: ...