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Plato's Socrates /

Socrates, as he is portrayed in Plato's early dialogues, remains one of the most controversial figures in the history of philosophy. Plato's Socrates covers six of the most vexing and often discussed features of Plato's portrayal: Socrates' methodology, epistemology, psychology,...

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Main Author: Brickhouse, Thomas C., 1947-
Other Authors: Smith, Nicholas D., 1949-
Format: eBook
Language: English
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
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Table of Contents:
  • 1. Socratic Method. 1.1. Did Socrates Have a Method? 1.2. Socrates' Elenctic Mission. 1.3. Deriving the Benefits of the Elenchos
  • 2. Socratic Epistemology. 2.1. The Paradox of Socrates' "Ignorance" 2.2. Knowing How Something Is. 2.3. The Epistemological Priority of Definition. 2.4. The Procedural Priority of Definition. 2.5. Defining the Virtues and Being Virtuous
  • 3. Socratic Psychology. 3.1. What One Really Believes. 3.2. What Everyone Believes. 3.3. What We Really Hold in High Regard. 3.4. What Everyone Desires. 3.5. The Denial of Akrasia. 3.6. The Self
  • 4. Socratic Ethics. 4.1. Some Problems in Socratic Ethics. 4.2. Goods. 4.3. Virtue and Sufficiency. 4.4. Relative and Absolute Good and Evil, Benefit and Harm. 4.5. The Case of Socrates
  • 5. Socratic Politics. 5.1. "The True Political Craft" 5.2. The Socratic Doctrine of "Persuade or Obey" 5.3. Socrates and Political Theory. 5.4. Socrates' Personal Associates and the Trial
  • 6. Socratic Religion. 6.1. Socratic Piety. 6.2. Socratic Theology.
  • 6.3. Socrates and His Daimonion. 6.4. Other Forms of Divination. 6.5. Socrates on Death and the Afterlife.