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The religion of Socrates

Author: Mark L McPherran
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1996.
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This study argues that to understand Socrates we must uncover and analyze his religious views, since his philosophical and religious views are part of one seamless whole. Mark McPherran provides a close analysis of the relevant Socratic texts, an analysis that yields a comprehensive and original account of Socrates' commitments to religion (e.g., the nature of the gods, the immortality of the soul). McPherran  Read more...
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McPherran, Mark L., 1949-
Religion of Socrates.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)655168145
Named Person: Socrates; Socrate; Socrates.
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark L McPherran
ISBN: 0271015810 9780271015811
OCLC Number: 33361442
Description: xii, 353 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Socratic piety in the Euthyphro --
Socrates and his accusers --
Socratic reason and Socratic revelation --
Socratic religion.
Responsibility: Mark L. McPherran.

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This study argues that to understand Socrates we must uncover and analyze his religious views, since his philosophical and religious views are part of one seamless whole. Mark McPherran provides a close analysis of the relevant Socratic texts, an analysis that yields a comprehensive and original account of Socrates' commitments to religion (e.g., the nature of the gods, the immortality of the soul). McPherran contends that Socrates saw his religious commitments as integral to his philosophical mission of moral examination and, in turn, used the rationally derived convictions underlying that mission to reshape the religious conventions of his time. As a result, Socrates made important contributions to the rational reformation of Greek religion, contributions that incited and informed the theology of his brilliant pupil, Plato.

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