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Socrates: A Very Short Introduction Christopher Taylor

Socrates: A Very Short Introduction By Christopher Taylor (Fellow, Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

Socrates: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Taylor


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Socrates wrote nothing himself, and is known to us only via the writings of others. This book examines the relation of these portrayals, especially Plato's, to the historical person, and also discusses the significance of Socrates' thought to the development of Western philosophy.

Socrates: A Very Short Introduction Summary

Socrates: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Taylor

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.

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).

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; INDEX

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GOR001286432
9780192854124
0192854127
Socrates: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Taylor
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2000-10-12
144
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