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Plato's Socrates as Narrator: A Philosophical Muse

Plato's Socrates as Narrator: A Philosophical Muse

by Anne-Marie Schultz
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This book explores Socrates’ role as narrator of the Lysis, Charmides, Protagoras, Euthydemus, and Republic. New insights about each dialogue emerge through careful attention to Socrates’ narrative commentary. These insights include a re-reading of the aporetic ending of the Lysis, a view of philosophy as a means of overcoming tyranny in the Charmides, a reconsideration of virtue in the Protagoras, an enhanced understanding of Crito in the Euthydemus, and an uncovering of two models of virtue cultivation (self-mastery and harmony) in the Republic. This book presents Socrates’ narrative commentary as a mechanism that illustrates how the emotions shape Socrates’ self-understanding, his philosophical exchanges with others, and his view of the Good. As a result, this book challenges the dominant interpretation of Socrates as an intellectualist. It offers a holistic vision of the practice of philosophy that we would do well to embrace in our contemporary world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498511278
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 01/15/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anne-Marie Schultz is an associate professor at Baylor University and director of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, an alternative core humanities program. She received a doctorate from Penn State in 1993 and is a summa cum laude graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio. In addition to her deep and abiding interest in the literary dimensions of Plato’s dialogues, her areas of scholarly exploration include Augustine, Nietzsche, feminism popular culture, issues philosophical pedagogy and contemporary hatha yoga. She is also a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and teaches regularly in Austin, TX. In her free time, she enjoys art collecting, travelling with her husband, Jeff, and playing with her Golden Retriever, Milo.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Lysis: Learning to Listen to Socrates
Chapter Two: Chastening Charmides
Chapter Three: Performing Philosophy in the Protagoras
Chapter Four: Evaluating Eristic in the Euthydemus
Chapter Five: Self-Mastery and Harmony in Plato’s Republic
Chapter Six: Musing on the Republic: Its Homeric, Socratic, and Platonic Narratives
Conclusion: Composing a Vision of Philosophy from Plato’s Socrates as Narrator
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