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Essays on the Philosophy of Socrates

Edited by Hugh H. Benson

Publication Date - April 1992

ISBN: 9780195067576

384 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


The last two decades have witnessed a virtual explosion of research in Socratic philosophy. This volume collects essays that represent the range and diversity of that vast literature, including historical and philosophical essays devoted to a single Platonic dialogue, as well as essays devoted to the Socratic method, Socratic epistemology, and Socratic ethics. With lists of suggested further readings, an extensive bibliography on recent Socratic research, and an index locorum, this unique and much-needed anthology makes the study of Socratic philosophy accessible to both scholars and non-specialists.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The Formal Charges Against Socrates, Thomas C. Brickhouse and Nicholas D. Smith
    3. Did Plato Write Socratic Dialogues? Charles H. Kahn
    4. Socratic Midwifery, Platonic Inspiration, Myles F. Burnyeat
    5. Socratic Irony, Gregory Vlastos
    6. Plato's Early Theory of Knowledge, Paul Woodruff
    7. Does Socrates Commit the Socratic Fallacy?, John Beversluis
    8. Misunderstanding the 'What is F-ness?' Question, Hugh H. Benson
    9. Elenchus and Mathematics: A Turning Point in Plato's Philosophical Development, Gregory Vlastos
    10. The Unity of Virtue Terry Penner
    11. Socrates' Use of the Techne-Analogy David L. Roochnik
    12. Socrates the Epicurean Terence H. Irwin
    13. Socratic Piety in the Euthypho Mark L. McPherran
    14. Ho Agathos as Ho Dunatos in the Hippias Minor Roslyn Weiss
    15. Socrates on Desire for the Good and the Involuntariness of Wrongdoing: Gorgias 466a-468e Kevin McTighe
    16. Meno's Paradox and Socrates as a Teacher Alexander Nehamas