A Companion to Socrates / Edition 1

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Written by an outstanding international team of scholars, this Companion explores the profound influence of Socrates on the history of Western philosophy.

  • Discusses the life of Socrates and key philosophical doctrines associated with him
  • Covers the whole range of Socratic studies from the ancient world to contemporary European philosophy
  • Examines Socrates’ place in the larger philosophical traditions of the Hellenistic world, the Roman Empire, the Arabic world, the Renaissance, and contemporary Europe
  • Addresses interdisciplinary subjects such as Socrates and Nietzsche, Socrates and psychoanalysis, and representations of Socrates in art
  • Helps readers to understand the meaning and significance of Socrates across the ages
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Editorial Reviews

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"Everyone interested in Socrates and his legacy will find something valuable in this book..." Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"A remarkably rich and imaginative collection. Socrates was a philosopher who became a cultural icon; this book, with its massive historical range and its great variety of scholarly approach, does unique justice to his complexity."
G.R.F. Ferrari, University of California, Berkeley

"This is a stimulating collection that succeeds admirably in conveying the enormous range of responses that the ever puzzling Socrates has inspired through the ages, and continues to inspire. The essays on Plato's Socrates are fresh and vigorous, and the attention paid to later perspectives (from antiquity to the present, and especially recent centuries) helps make this volume a distinctive and unusually illuminating addition to Socratic studies. It should be a welcome companion to a figure who attracted devoted companions in his lifetime, and legions more ever since." Stephen White, University of Texas at Austin

"Technical issues are treated thoroughly and comprehensibly and the state of knowledge on Socrates is comprehensively presented both for today and its historical contexts. Its subject matter will be of interest to non-specialists with a penchant for philosophy, or for the history of thoght, since there is as much of interest here about the influence of Socrates on later periods as there is on the thought of the philosopher himself." Reference Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405108638
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/7/2006
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series, #6
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Ahbel-Rappe is Associate Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Reading Neoplatonism (2000) and a translation of Damascius’ Doubts and Solutions Concerning First Principles (forthcoming).

Rachana Kamtekar is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Socrates in antiquity
1 The trial and death of Socrates 5
2 Socrates and Euripides 21
3 Socrates among the Sophists 36
4 Socrates the freethinker 48
5 How does Socrates' divine sign communicate with him? 63
6 Socrates, Antisthenes, and the cynics 75
7 Xenophon's Socrates 93
8 Picturing Socrates 110
9 Socrates in Plato's dialogues 159
10 No one errs willingly : the meaning of Socratic intellectualism 171
11 Socratic love 186
12 Socrates and religious experience 200
13 The politics of Plato's Socrates 214
14 The examined life 228
15 Socrates : seeker or preacher? 243
16 Socratic method and Socratic truth 254
17 Socrates in the stoa 275
18 Socrates and Epictetus 285
19 Socrates and skepticism 298
Pt. 2 Socrates after antiquity
20 Socrates in Arabic philosophy 317
21 Socrates in the Italian Renaissance 337
22 The private life of Socrates in early modern France 353
23 Socrates in Hegel and others 368
24 Kierkegaard's Socratic point of view 389
25 Nietzsche and "the problem of Socrates" 406
26 The Socratic hermeneutics of Heidegger and Gadamer 426
27 The Socratic method and psychoanalysis 442
28 Lacan and Socrates 463
29 From grade school of law school : Socrates' legacy in education 476
30 Socrates' definitional inquiries and the history of philosophy 493
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