Socrates / Edition 1

Socrates / Edition 1

by George Rudebusch
     
 

Can we learn, through the model of Socrates, practical wisdom that we can apply to our lives? What are we to make of the paradoxical and strange figure who claimed that the unexamined life is not worth living, that only knowledge can save our souls, that love is nothing but the desire for wisdom, and that knowledge can save our souls, that love is nothing but the

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Can we learn, through the model of Socrates, practical wisdom that we can apply to our lives? What are we to make of the paradoxical and strange figure who claimed that the unexamined life is not worth living, that only knowledge can save our souls, that love is nothing but the desire for wisdom, and that knowledge can save our souls, that love is nothing but the desire for wisdom, and that knowledge of human excellence is such that only a god can possess it?

Protesting against traditional interpretations that tame the ancient philosopher by observing him through a lens of conventional wisdom, George Rudebusch's Socrates presents a compelling case for taking Socrates' arguments and wild conclusions seriously, not merely as abstract exercises in cross-examining ideas of human excellence, but as a heavenly way for human beings to live.

Original in approach, lovingly crafted with humor, thought-experiments, and literary references (from the Iliad to Harry Potter), and with close readings of key Socratic arguments, the book brings the strange figure of Socrates and his divine mission to life, philosophizing at the center of human concerns.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405150859
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
Blackwell Great Minds Series, #19
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

acknowledgments ix

translations used xi

introduction xii

the ion 1

1 interpreting socrates 3

the apology 15

2 mission from god 17

3 puzzling notoriety 30

the protagoras 47

4 bravery 49

5 knowledge rules 62

the laches 75

6 bravery again 77

7 puzzling pedagogy 88

the lysis 101

8 love 103

the euthydemus 119

9 luck 121

the meno 129

10 desire 131

book 1 of the republic 141

11 benevolence 143

12 happiness 148

13 freedom 164

the euthyphro 171

14 reverence 173

the crito 185

15 world religion 187

the phaedo 193

16 last words 195

epilogue: Socrates or plato? 203

index of passages cited 208

general index 214

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