In Defense of Socrates

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Sprache - Englisch

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In 'In Defense of Socrates,' the reader is presented with a multifaceted exploration of the Socratic tradition, merging ancient philosophical inquiries with classical literature and 19th-century American scholarship. The anthology underscores the enduring impact of Socrates' philosophies through a range of literary forms, from the dialogues of Plato and Xenophon to the educational texts of Samuel Griswold Goodrich. This diverse assembly not only highlights the versatility and depth of Socratic wisdom but also showcases the thematic richness and evolving interpretations of Socratic thought across different periods and cultures, offering insight into justice, ethics, and the purpose of education. The contributors to this collection bring unique historical and cultural perspectives that enrich the anthology's exploration of Socratic philosophy. Plato and Xenophon, disciples of Socrates, provide foundational texts that capture the essence of Socratic dialogue, while Goodrich, a 19th-century American author, reflects the spread of Socratic ideas beyond the classical world and into the realm of moral and educational philosophy. This blending of voices from distinct historical epochs illustrates the timeless relevance of Socratic thought and its capacity to provoke thoughtful inquiry into ethical and societal questions. 'In Defense of Socrates' offers readers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the diverse interpretations and applications of Socratic philosophy. By weaving together perspectives from different eras and disciplines, this collection fosters a rich dialogue between the works of its contributors, encouraging a deeper understanding of Socratic principles and their relevance to modern philosophical discussions. This anthology is an indispensable resource for scholars, students, and anyone interested in the multifaceted legacy of Socrates, offering a comprehensive and insightful overview of his philosophies and their impact on Western thought.

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Plato (circa 427–347 BCE) stands as a pivotal figure in the development of Western philosophy, whose work laid the foundational stones for ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Born into an aristocratic Athenian family, Plato was a distinguished student of Socrates. Following his teacher's execution, Plato traveled across the Mediterranean, soaking up philosophical knowledge and cultural practices. Upon his return to Athens, he established the Academy, one of the earliest known organized schools in Western civilization, which thrived as a center for philosophical inquiry and learning for approximately three centuries after his death.

Plato's literary corpus is vast and profound, with 'In Defense of Socrates' being a significant component that encapsulates the Socratic method of questioning and the philosophical pursuits of his mentor. Through his dialogues, such as 'The Republic,' 'Phaedo,' and 'Symposium,' Plato explored the realms of reality, virtue, and the ideal state, introducing the theory of Forms—a concept that suggested the existence of abstract perfect ideals, of which objects in the material world are mere imitations. His writing style is characterized by a unique blend of drama, poetry, and rigorous philosophical argumentation. These works have not only provided insights into Socrates' thoughts but also significantly contributed to the intellectual heritage of the world, influencing countless philosophers, theorists, and thinkers throughout history.

Product Details

Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 285 Pages

Filesize: 687.7 KB

ISBN: 8596547004356