Ethics and Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs

  title={Ethics and Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs},
  author={Michael B. Fox},
  journal={Hebrew Studies},
  pages={75 - 88}
Socratic ethics is a useful heuristic model for understanding the ethical presuppositions behind the variegated advice and observations in the book of Proverbs. The ethics of both rest on three principles: (1) virtue is knowledge; (2) no one does wrong willingly; and (3) all virtues are one. Socrates states these principles; Proverbs assumes them. Underlying these principles is the primary axiom of sapiential ethics, namely that the exercise of the human mind is the necessary and sufficient… Expand