Immorality or Immortality? An Argument for Virtue

Rhetorica 2 (37):97-119 (2019)
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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 everlasting reputation that makes a life truly admirable and successful.
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