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Socrates: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

C.C.W. Taylor

August 2019

ISBN: 9780198835981

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Christopher Taylor introduces the life and philosophy of Socrates, whose work has played a central role in shaping Western philosophical thinking for centuries. Examining what we can deduce about Socrates from the writings of his contemporaries (as he himself left none), Taylor traces the reception and influence of his thought to the modern day.

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Christopher Taylor introduces the life and philosophy of Socrates, whose work has played a central role in shaping Western philosophical thinking for centuries. Examining what we can deduce about Socrates from the writings of his contemporaries (as he himself left none), Taylor traces the reception and influence of his thought to the modern day.

  • Introduces the life and philosophy of Socrates, whose work has played a central role in shaping Western philosophical thinking for centuries
  • Includes a new chapter analysing the reception and influence of Socrates in 19th and 20th century philosophical thought
  • New edition includes an extensively updated bibliography
  • Examines what we can deduce about Socrates from the writings of his contemporaries (as he himself left none)
  • Traces the reception and influence of his thought to the modern day
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

C.C.W. Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College

Christopher Taylor is Emeritus fellow at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. He read the B.Phil in Philosophy at Oxford before becoming a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College from 1962 to 1963, and a Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Corpus Christi College from 1963 until his retirement in 2003. He is the author of several books, including Pleasure, Mind, and Soul: Selected Papers in Ancient Philosophy (OUP 2008), and has translated a number of texts, including Plato's Protagoras, and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. He was the Editor of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy from 1993 to 1998.

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    2: Life
    3: Socratic literature and the Socratic problem
    4: Plato's Socrates
    5: Socrates and later philosophy
    6: Conclusion