Socrates, Ironist and Moral Philosopher

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Cornell University Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 334 pages
"The author shows us a Socrates who, though he has been long overshadowed by his successors Plato and Aristotle, represented the true turning point in Greek philosophy, religion and ethics. In his quest for the historical Socrates, the author focuses on Plato's earlier dialogues, setting the Socrates we find there in sharp contrast to the Socrates of later dialogues, in which he is used as a mouthpiece for Plato's own doctrines, many of them anti-Socratic in nature." [Back cover].
 

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Contents

Socratic irony
21
Socrates contra Socrates in Plato
45
The evidence of Aristotle and Xenophon
81
Elenchus and mathematics
107
Does Socrates cheat?
132
Socratic piety
157
Socrates rejection of retaliation
179
Happiness and virtue in Socrates moral theory
200
Charity as a principle of interpretation
236
Bibliography
308
Index of passages cited
320
Index of names in Plato and Xenophon
329
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Gregory Vlastos (1907-1991) was Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1990, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. His other books include Socratic Studies ; Studies in Greek Philosophy , Volumes I and II; and Plato's Universe .

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