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Socrates: A Very Short Introduction

C. C. W. Taylor

Publication Date - January 2001

ISBN: 9780192854124

136 pages
Paperback

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

In this book, Christopher Taylor explores the relationship between the historical Socrates and the engaging and infuriating figure who appears in Plato's dialogues, 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 life, even in the face of betrayal and execution by his fellow Athenians.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Features

  • Explores the relationship between the historical Socrates and the engaging and infuriating figure who appears in Plato's dialogues
  • Examines the enduring image of Socrates as the ideal exemplar of the philosophic life

About the Author(s)

C.C.W. Taylor is Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

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 Platos 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.