The Philosophy Of Socrates

The Philosophy Of Socrates

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ISBN-13: 9780813320854
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Nicholas D. Smith is James F. Miller Professor of Humanities at Lewis and Clark College. In addition to his work with Brickhouse, Smith has published numerous articles and has served as an editor on several collections. In 1985, Smith won the American Philological Association's Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics.Thomas C. Brickhouse is professor of philosophy at Lynchburg College and co-author (with N.D. Smith) of Socrates on Trial (1989) and Plato's Socrates (1994). He has also published several articles on Plato and Aristotle. Nicholas D. Smith is James F. Miller Professor of Humanities at Lewis and Clark College. In addition to his work with Brickhouse, Smith has published numerous articles and has served as an editor on several collections. In 1985, Smith won the American Philological Association's Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics.Thomas C. Brickhouse is professor of philosophy at Lynchburg College and co-author (with N.D. Smith) of Socrates on Trial (1989) and Plato's Socrates (1994). He has also published several articles on Plato and Aristotle.

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction1
I.1Our Purpose1
I.2Interpretive Principles3
I.3Identifying and Solving Scholarly Problems6
I.4Translations and Citations of Passages10
1A Survey of Our Evidence11
1.1Ancient Evidence and the Socratic Problem11
1.2Relatively Uncontroversial Issues and General Background16
1.3Socrates' Trial27
1.4Assessment of the Principal Sources33
Notes49
Suggested Readings52
2What Socrates Does, And How He Does It53
2.1Socrates as a Teacher53
2.2Socratic Doctrines and Positive Teachings72
2.3Self-Knowledge and Psychological Constructivism89
Notes96
Suggested Readings97
3Socrates on Knowledge and Ignorance99
3.1Knowing and Not Knowing99
3.2The Priority of Definitional Knowledge113
Notes120
Suggested Readings120
4Socratic Values123
4.1What Is Valuable?123
4.2Socratic Conceptions of Happiness129
4.3Is Virtue Really a Component of Happiness?141
4.4Does Socrates Think that Virtue Is Necessary for Happiness?147
4.5Goodness and Virtue149
4.6A Preliminary Assessment of the Plausibility of Socrates' View153
Notes153
Suggested Readings154
5Socrates on Wisdom and Motivation157
5.1The Socratic Paradoxes157
5.2The Unity of the Virtues158
5.3Socrates' Denial of Akrasia173
Notes182
Suggested Readings182
6Socrates' Politics and Political Philosophy185
6.1Historical and Textual Problems185
6.2Socrates and Political Activity186
6.3Socrates' Political Affiliation?189
6.4Socrates on Obedience to Law200
6.5Socrates on Just Punishment216
Notes226
Suggested Readings228
7Socrates and Religion231
7.1Survey of the Problems Assessing Socrates' Religion231
7.2Was Socrates Guilty?234
7.3Socrates' "Mission"241
7.4Socrates' Daimonion244
7.5Socrates on Death and the Afterlife252
Notes261
Suggested Readings264
Glossary267
References271
Names Index277
Subject Index280
Index of Greek Terms287
Index of Passages288

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