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    DescriptionThis study argues that to understand Socrates we must uncover and analyze his religious views, since his philosophical and religious views are part of one seamless whole. Mark McPherran provides a close analysis of the relevant Socratic texts, an analysis that yields a comprehensive and original account of Socrates' commitments to religion (e.g., the nature of the gods, the immortality of the soul).McPherran finds that Socrates was not only a rational philosopher of the first rank, but a figure with a profoundly religious nature as well, believing in the existence of gods vastly superior to ourselves in power and wisdom and sharing other traditional religious commitments with his contemporaries. However, Socrates was just as much a sensitive critic and rational reformer of both the religious tradition he inherited and the new cultic incursions he encountered. McPherran contends that Socrates saw his religious commitments as integral to his philosophical mission of moral examination and, in turn, used the rationally derived convictions underlying that mission to reshape the religious conventions of his time. As a result, Socrates made important contributions to the rational reformation of Greek religion, contributions that incited and informed the theology of his brilliant pupil, Plato.


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    Title
    The Religion of Socrates
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark L. McPherran
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 585 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780271018294
    ISBN 10: 0271018291
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP, HPCA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    LC classification: PA
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Approval Code: A13260000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25230
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190
    B&T Approval Code: A10201520
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC22: 292.0092
    DC21: 292.0092
    Thema V1.0: QDHA, NK, QRS
    Publisher
    Pennsylvania State University Press
    Imprint name
    Pennsylvania State University Press
    Publication date
    01 March 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Pennsylvania
    Review quote
    "This well-produced book is the fullest and in some ways the best discussion of its topic available."--International Studies in Philosophy