Some Thoughts about the Origins of ``Greek Ethics''
Author: Smith, N.D.
Source: The Journal of Ethics, Volume 5, Number 1, 2001 , pp. 3-20(18)
Abstract:In this paper, I argue that several of the main issues that became a focus for classical Greek philosophy were initially framed by Homer. In particular, Homer identifies a tension between justice and individual excellence, and problematizes the connection between the heroic conception of excellence and ``eudaimonia'' (happiness). The later philosophers address the problems raised in Homer by profoundly transforming the way each of these terms was to be conceived.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR 97219-7899, USA
Publication date: January 1, 2001