Socrates: A Very Short Introduction
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Socrates: A Very Short Introduction

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Socrates has a unique position in the history of philosophy. It is no exaggeration to say that had it not been for his influence on Plato, the whole development of Western philosophy might have bee 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 Athenians. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 108 x 170 x 12mm | 117.93g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black and white halftones and line drawings
  • 0192854127
  • 9780192854124
  • 90,784

About Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, where he is a Reader in Philosophy. His publications include Plato: Protagoras (Oxford, 1991), and (with J. C. B. Gosling) The Greeks on Pleasure (Oxford, 1982).show more

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. PLATO'S 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; INDEXshow more

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