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Very Short Introductions #27: Socrates: A Very Short Introductionby Christopher Taylor
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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.
Taylor explores the relationship between the historical Socrates and the Platonic character, and examines the image of Socrates as the exemplar of philosophic life - a thinker whose moral and intellectual integrity covered every detail of his life, even in the face of betrayal.
About the Author
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.
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