Socrates: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 1, 2000

byChristopher Taylor

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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 isderived 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 philosophiclife - a thinker whose moral and intellectual integrity permeated every detail of his life, even in the face of betrayal and execution by his fellow Athenians.

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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 isderived primarily from the engaging and infuriatin...

Christopher Taylor is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, where he is a Reader in Philosophy. His publications include Plato: Protagoras (Oxford, 1991), and (with J. C. B. Gosling) The Greeks on Pleasure (Oxford, 1982).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.35 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192854127

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Table of Contents

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 andLater Philosophy: i. Ancient Philosophy; ii. Medieval and Modern Philosophy; 6. Conclusion; Endnotes; Further Reading; Index.