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The art of living : Socratic reflections from Plato to Foucault

Author: Alexander Nehamas
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1998.
Series: Sather classical lectures, v. 61.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In modern times, philosophy has been a theoretical discipline rather than a practice or mode of life. In antiquity, however, Greek and Roman philosophers of all stripes turned to Socrates as the model of what a truly philosophical life should be. The idea of a philosophical life, and of philosophy as the art of living, though it is now in neglect among professional philosophers, has survived in the works of such  Read more...
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Nehamas, Alexander, 1946-
Art of living.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)645786907
Named Person: Socrates.; Socrate.; Socrate
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Nehamas
ISBN: 0520211731 9780520211735 9780520224902 0520224906
OCLC Number: 37132573
Description: xi, 283 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Silence. Platonic irony: author and audience ; Socratic irony: character and interlocutors ; Socratic irony: character and author --
pt. 2. Voices. A face for Socrates' reason: Montaigne's "Of physiognomy" ; A reason for Socrates' face: Nietzsche on "The problem of Socrates" ; A fate for Socrates' reason: Foucault on the care of the self.
Series Title: Sather classical lectures, v. 61.
Responsibility: Alexander Nehamas.
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For much of its history, philosophy was not merely a theoretical discipline but a way of life, an 'art of living'. This title provides an incisive reevaluation of Socrates' place in the Western  Read more...

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"[A] beautifully lucid account of philosophy as the art of constructing a unified self."--Melissa Lane, "Classical Review

 
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