Socrates: Fictions of a PhilosopherHardback
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- Publisher: Cornell University Press
- Format: Hardback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 161mm x 239mm x 28mm | 599g
- Publication date: 21 May 1998
- Publication City/Country: Ithaca
- ISBN 10: 080143551X
- ISBN 13: 9780801435515
Socrates is an flusive figure, Sarah Kofman asserts, and he is necessarily so since he did not write or directly state his beliefs. Kofman suggests that Socrates' avowal of ignorance was meant to be ironic. Later philosophers who interpreted his text invariably resisted the profoundly ironic character of his way of life and diverged widely in their interpretations of him. Kofman focuses especially on the views of Plato, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.
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"Sarah Kofman's accounts of Hegel, Nietzsche, and Kierkegaard are clear and provocative, aided by a beautiful translation by Catherine Porter." Times Literary Supplement"