Socrates has a unique position in the history of philosophy. It is no exaggeration to say that had it not been for his influence on Plato, the whole development of Western philosophy might have bee unimaginably different. Yet Socrates wrote nothing himself, and our knowledge of him is derived primarily from the engaging and infuriating figure who appears in Plato's dialogues. In this book, Christopher Taylor explores the relationship between the historical
Socrates and the Platonic character, and examines the enduring image of Socrates as the ideal exemplar of the philosophic life - a thinker whose moral and intellectual integrity permeated every detail of his
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Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Life: Trial and Death; 3. Socratic Literature and the Socratic Problem: i. Authors other than Plato; ii. Plato; 4. Plato's Socrates: i. Socrates' disavowal of wisdom; ii. Definition; iii. Ethics; iv. Socrates and the Sophists; 5. Socrates and Later Philosophy: i. Ancient Philosophy; ii. Medieval and Modern Philosophy; 6. Conclusion; Endnotes; Further Reading; Index.
Series: Very Short Introductions
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 18th January 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 11.4
Weight (kg): 0.13