9780521833424

The Cambridge Companion to Socrates

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521833424

  • ISBN10:

    0521833426

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-22
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

The Cambridge Companion to Socrates is a collection of essays providing a comprehensive guide to Socrates, the most famous Greek philosopher. Because Socrates himself wrote nothing, our evidence comes from the writings of his friends (above all Plato), his enemies, and later writers. Socrates is thus a literary figure as well as a historical person. Both aspects of Socrates' legacy are covered in this volume. Socrates' character is full of paradox, and so are his philosophical views. These paradoxes have led to deep differences in scholars' interpretations of Socrates and his thought. Mirroring this wide range of thought about Socrates, this volume's contributors are unusually diverse in their background and perspective. The essays in this volume were authored by classical philologists, philosophers and historians from Germany, Francophone Canada, Britain and the United States, and they represent a range of interpretive and philosophical traditions.

Table of Contents

The rise and fall of the Socratic problem
The students of Socrates
Xenophon and the enviable life of Socrates
Socrates in Aristophanes' Clouds
Socrates and the new learning
Socratic religion
Socrates and democratic Athens
Socratic method
Self-examination
Socratic ignorance
Reconsidering Socratic irony
Socratic ethics and the Socratic psychology of action: a philosophical framework
Socrates and Eudaimonia
Socrates' political philosophy
Socrates in later Greek philosophy
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