Descent of Socrates

Descent of Socrates : Self-Knowledge and Cryptic Nature in the Platonic Dialogues

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Since the appearance of Plato's Dialogues, philosophers have been preoccupied with the identity of Socrates and have maintained that successful interpretation of the work hinges upon a clear understanding of what thoughts and ideas can be attributed to him. In Descent of Socrates, Peter Warnek offers a new interpretation of Plato by considering the appearance of Socrates within Plato's work as a philosophical question. Warnek reads the Dialogues as an inquiry into the nature of Socrates and in doing so opens up the relationship between humankind and the natural world. Here, Socrates appears as a demonic and tragic figure whose obsession with the task of self-knowledge transforms the history of philosophy. In this uncompromising work, Warnek reveals the importance of the concept of nature in the Platonic Dialogues in light of Socratic practice and the Ancient ideas that inspire contemporary more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 15.2mm | 249.48g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253218160
  • 9780253218162

About Peter Warnek

Peter Warnek is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. He is co-translator of Martin Heidegger's Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta 1-3 (IUP, 1995). He is a founding member of the Society for Ancient more

Table of contents

ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart 1. Writing Socrates1. Reading Plato with a Difference: Socrates, Beautiful and New2. Socrates and the Retreat of Nature: Suffering a Simple Teacher of EthicsPart 2. Dreams, Oracles, and Silenic Affirmations3. The Purest Thinker of the West and the Older Accusations in the Apology4. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Nature, Rhetoric, and Refutation in the Gorgias5. Silenic Wisdom in the Apology and PhaedoPart 3. Kinship of Nature6. Teiresias in Athens: Socrates as Educator in the Meno7. Typhonic Eros and the Place of the Phaedrus8. Truth and FriendshipAn EndingNotesBibliographyIndexshow more