Socratic Philosophy and Its Others

Socratic Philosophy and Its Others

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Engaging a broad range of Platonic dialogues, this collection of essays by distinguished scholars in political theory and philosophy explores the relation of Socratic philosophizing to those activities with which it is typically opposed-such as tyranny, sophistry, poetry, and rhetoric. The essays show that the harder one tries to disentangle Socrates' own activity from that of its apparent opposite, the more entangled they become; yet, it is only by taking this entanglement seriously that the distinctive character of Socratic philosophy emerges. The collection sheds new light on the ways in which Plato not only represents philosophy in relation to what it is not, but also makes it "strange" to more

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  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739181408
  • 9780739181409

About Denise Schaeffer

Christopher A. Dustin earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University, where he completed a dissertation under the direction of Jonathan Lear. While a graduate student, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for independent study in Paris. He has taught at Holy Cross since 1991, chaired the Department of Philosophy from 2000-07, directed the college's First-Year Program (2007-08) and the Core Human Questions cluster of its Montserrat program (2008-12). A recipient of the Holy Cross Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, Professor Dustin has lectured and published widely on Plato, Aristotle, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Thoreau, and on topics at the intersection of ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, the philosophy of nature, and religion. He is co-author, with Joanna Ziegler, of Practicing Mortality: Art, Philosophy, and Contemplative Seeing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and is currently at work on a book entitled Arts of Indirection: Freedom and Truth-Telling in Plato, Kierkegaard, and Thoreau. Denise Schaeffer is associate professor of political science at the College of the Holy Cross. Her publications include Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment (forthcoming); Plato: Euthydemus (with Gregory McBrayer and Mary P. Nichols, 2011), and articles and chapters on Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, and more

Table of contents

Introduction: Strange Fellows Part I: Friendship, Resistance, and the Question of the Good Chapter 1: Why Socrates and Thrasymachus Become Friends Chapter 2: The Daimonic Soul: On Plato's Theages Part II: Philosophy and Sophistry: The Limits of 'Logos' Chapter 3: Philosophy and Sophistry in Plato's 'Euthydemus' Chapter 4: Socrates Talking to Himself? On the 'Greater Hippias' Chapter 5: The Sophist Hippias and the Problem of Polytropia Chapter 6: On Wolves and Dogs: The Eleatic Stranger's Socratic Turn in the 'Sophist' Part III: Imagery, Tragedy, and Tyranny Chapter 7: Philosophers as Painters: On the Corruptibility of the Philosophic Nature in Plato's 'Republic' Chapter 8: Plato's 'Apology' as Tragedy Chapter 9: Sophist and Philosopher in Plato's Sophist Chapter 10: Socrates' Odyssean Return: On Plato's Charmides Part IV: Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Dialogue Chapter 11: Philosophy, Rhetoric, and the Question of Harmony in Plato's 'Phaedrus' Chapter 12: Philosophy in the Perfect Tense: On Plato's 'Lovers' About the Contributorsshow more