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A Companion to Socrates

ISBN: 978-1-4051-0863-8
560 pages
January 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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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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Notes on Contributors.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part I: Socrates in Antiquity.

Section I: Biography and Sources.

1. The Trial and Death of Socrates. (Debra Nails).

2. Socrates and Euripides. (Christian Wildberg).

3. Socrates Among the Sophists. (Paul Woodruff).

4. Socrates the Freethinker. (Richard Janko).

5. How does Socrates’ Divine Sign Communicate with Him? (A. A. Long).

6. Socrates, Antisthenes, and the Cynics. (Susan Prince).

7. Xenophon’s Socrates. (Louis-André Dorion).

8. Picturing Socrates. (Ken Lapatin).

Section II: Plato.

9. Socrates in Plato’s Dialogues.(Christopher Rowe).

10. No One Errs Willingly: The Meaning of Socratic Intellectualism. (Heda Segvic).

11. Socratic Love. (George Rudebusch).

12. Socrates and Religious Experience. (John Bussanich).

13. The Politics of Plato’s Socrates. (Rachana Kamtekar).

14. The Examined Life. (Richard Kraut).

15. Socrates: Preacher or Seeker? (Rosalyn Weiss).

16. Socratic Method and Socratic Truth. (Harold Tarrant).

Section III: Hellenistic Philosophy.

17. Socrates in the Stoa. (Eric Brown).

18. Socrates and Epictetus. (Tad Brennan).

19. Socrates and Skepticism. (Richard Bett).

Part II: Socrates After Antiquity.

Section IV: From the Medieval Period to Modernity.

20. Socrates in Arabic Philosophy. (Ilai Alon).

21. Socrates in the Italian Renaissance. (James Hankins).

22. The Private Life of Socrates in Early Modern France. (Daniel R. McLean).

23. Socrates in Hegel and Others. (Nicholas White).

Section V: The Modern Period.

25. Kierkegaard’s Socratic Point of View. (Paul Meunch).

26. Nietzsche and “The Problem of Socrates”. (James I. Porter).

27. The Socratic Hermeneutics of Heidegger and Gadamer. (Francisco J. Gonzalez).

28. The Socratic Method and Psychoanalysis. (Jonathan Lear).

29. Lacan and Socrates. (Mark Buchan).

30. From Grade School to Law School: Socrates’ Legacy in Education. (Avi Mintz).

31. Socrates’ Definitional Inquiries and the History of Philosophy. (Hayden W. Ausland).

IndexThis Companion explores the profound influence of Socrates on the history of Western philosophy and provides an in-depth discussion of the various approaches to his philosophy..

Written by an outstanding international team of scholars, the volume covers the whole range of Socratic studies from the ancient world to the present day. The contributors review Socrates’ life and the key philosophical doctrines associated with him, and examine Socrates’ place in the larger philosophical traditions of the Hellenistic world, the Roman Empire, the Arabic world, the Renaissance, and contemporary Europe. They consider interdisciplinary subjects such as Socrates and Nietzsche, Socrates and psychoanalysis, and representations of Socrates in art..

This distinctive Companion will help readers to understand the meaning and significance of Socrates across the ages.

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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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  • A survey exploring 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
  • Written by an outstanding international team of scholars, all of whom are recognized experts in their particular field
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“Those willing to have their study of Socrates stretched beyond the typical boundaries of philosophical and classical scholarship may regard this volume as something of a treasure.” (Philosophy In Review)

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

"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)

"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

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