Socrates : Ironist And Moral Philosopher (Paperback)

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521314503
SKU 204512003
Format Paperback
ISBN10 052131450X
Release Date 7/23/2012
Author Info
Gregory Vlastos
Vlastos was one of the 20th century's most influential scholars of ancient philosophy. He taught at both Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley.
From the Publisher
Editors Note This long-awaited study of the most enigmatic figure of Greek philosophy reclaims Socrates' ground-breaking originality. Written by a leading historian of Greek thought, it argues for a Socrates who, though long overshadowed by his successors Plato and Aristotle, marked the true turning point in Greek philosophy, religion and ethics. The quest for the historical figure focuses on the Socrates of Plato's earlier dialogues, setting him in sharp contrast to that other Socrates of later dialogues, where he is used as a mouthpiece for Plato's often anti-Socratic doctrine. At the heart of the book is the paradoxical nature of Socratic thought. But the paradoxes are explained, not explained away. The book highlights the tensions in the Socratic search for the answer to the question 'How should we live?' Conceived as a divine mandate, the search is carried out through elenctic argument, and dominated by an uncompromising rationalism. The magnetic quality of Socrates' personality is allowed to emerge throughout the book. Clearly and forcefully written, philosophically sophisticated but entirely accessible to non-specialists, this book will be of major importance and interest to all those studying ancient philosophy and the history of Western thought.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0348
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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