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Socrates has a unique position in the history of philosophy. It can be argued that had it not been for his influence on Plato, the whole development of Western philosophy might have been unimaginably different. Yet Socrates wrote nothing himself, and our knowledge of him is derived primarily from the engaging and infuriating figure who appears in Plato's dialogues. In this book, Christopher Taylor explores the relationship between the historical Socrates and the Platonic character, 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 more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 7.62mm | 113.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • notes, index
  • 0192876015
  • 9780192876010

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; more

About C. C. W. Taylor

Christopher Taylor is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, where he is a Reader in Philosophy. He is a member of the Southern Association for Ancient more

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