Plato's Socrates as Narrator

Plato's Socrates as Narrator : A Philosophical Muse

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This book explores five Platonic dialogues: Lysis, Charmides, Protagoras, Euthydemus, and the Republic. This book uses Socrates' narrative commentary as its primary interpretive framework. No one has engaged in a sustained attempt to explore the Platonic dialogues from this angle. As a result, it offers a unique contribution to Plato scholarship. The portrait of Socrates that emerges challenges the traditional view of Socrates as an intellectualist and offers a holistic vision of philosophical practice.show more

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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 24mm | 499.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739183303
  • 9780739183304

About Anne-Marie Schultz

Anne-Marie Schultz is an associate professor at Baylor University and director of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, an alternative core humanities program. She received a doctorate from Penn State in 1993 and is a summa cum laude graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio. In addition to her deep and abiding interest in the literary dimensions of Plato's dialogues, her areas of scholarly exploration include Augustine, Nietzsche, feminism popular culture, issues philosophical pedagogy and contemporary hatha yoga. She is also a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and teaches regularly in Austin, TX. In her free time, she enjoys art collecting, travelling with her husband, Jeff, and playing with her Golden Retriever, Milo.show more

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In this original work, Schultz draws our attention to the dialogues in which Plato has Socrates serve as narrator, and she opens a new window onto his role and function in the dialogues. Schultz provides rich interpretations of the individual dialogues she examines, while at the same time revealing a powerful lens through which to view Plato's project and his use of Socratic narrative to further particular philosophical ends. In the process, she offers new insights that enhance scholars' understanding of Socratic intellectualism, the role of the emotions in philosophical endeavors, various models of virtue portrayed in the dialogues, and Socrates' relation to Homeric and other foundational narratives in Greek culture. In the end, Schultz offers a provocative and persuasive account of how Socrates as narrator of certain Platonic dialogues entices and exhorts his auditors-and Plato's readers-to good philosophical practices. -- Jill Gordon, Colby College In Plato's Socrates as Narrator, Dr Schultz provides an invaluable entry into reflections on the interrelations between the practice of philosophy, on the one hand, and its transmission, on the other, arguing in effect that the retelling of Socrates' philosophical encounters as we find them in the Platonic corpus belongs to the work of philosophy itself. While Plato scholarship in recent years has become increasingly attuned to the ways in which the literary and dramatic aspects of the dialogues operate as integral to their philosophical content, Prof. Schultz takes such scholarship a step further to demonstrate how the status of particular dialogues as narrated contributes as well to a fuller understanding of Plato's conception of philosophy. From the vantage point achieved through mediation on particular dialogues in their status as narrated encounters Prof. Schultz brings to light the character of philosophy not simply as an intellectual pursuit composed of explicit propositions, but also as a basic human comportment involving the motives, affects, and social position of specific character types. Both accessibly written and rigorously developed, Prof. Schultz' investigations into the narrative and literary aspects of the Platonic corpus speak to the interests of advanced Plato scholars and beginning students alike. -- Ryan Drake, Fairfield Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter One: The Lysis: Learning to Listen to Socrates Chapter Two: Chastening Charmides Chapter Three: Performing Philosophy in the Protagoras Chapter Four: Evaluating Eristic in the Euthydemus Chapter Five: Self-Mastery and Harmony in Plato's Republic Chapter Six: Musing on the Republic: Its Homeric, Socratic, and Platonic Narratives Conclusion: Composing a Vision of Philosophy from Plato's Socrates as Narrator Works Cited Indexshow more

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