Socrates and Philosophy in the Dialogues of Plato (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 10, 2011 - Philosophy
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In Plato's Apology, Socrates says he spent his life examining and questioning people on how best to live, while avowing that he himself knows nothing important. Elsewhere, however, for example in Plato's Republic, Plato's Socrates presents radical and grandiose theses. In this book Sandra Peterson offers a hypothesis which explains the puzzle of Socrates' two contrasting manners. She argues that the apparently confident doctrinal Socrates is in fact conducting the first step of an examination: by eliciting his interlocutors' reactions, his apparently doctrinal lectures reveal what his interlocutors believe is the best way to live. She tests her hypothesis by close reading of passages in the Theaetetus, Republic and Phaedo. Her provocative conclusion, that there is a single Socrates whose conception and practice of philosophy remain the same throughout the dialogues, will be of interest to a wide range of readers in ancient philosophy and classics.
  

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Contents

chapter 1 Opposed hypotheses about Platos dialogues
1
chapter 2 Socrates in the Apology
17
extraction by declaration
59
speech and counterspeech
90
philosophers forms Glaucon and Adeimantus
120
another persuasion assignment
166
chapter 7 Others conceptions of philosophy in the Euthydemus Lovers1 and Sophist
196
chapter 8 Socrates and Plato in Platos dialogues
216
chapter 9 Socrates and philosophy
236
Bibliography
262
Index of passages cited
277
General index
286
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Sandra Peterson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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