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Socrates in the cave : on the philosopher's motive in Plato

Author: Paul J Diduch; Michael P Harding
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019] ©2019
Series: Recovering political philosophy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book addresses the problem of fully explaining Socrates' motives for philosophic interlocution in Plato?s dialogues. Why, for instance, does Socrates talk to many philosophically immature and seemingly incapable interlocutors? Are his motives in these cases moral, prudential, erotic, pedagogic, or intellectual? In any one case, can Socrates? reasons for engaging an unlikely interlocutor be explained fully on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Socrates; Plato.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul J Diduch; Michael P Harding
ISBN: 9783319768304 3319768301
OCLC Number: 1039964611
Description: xiv, 347 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Editors' introduction : why clarifying Socrates' motives matters for Platonic philosophy / Paul J. Diduch, Michael P. Harding --
The strange conversation of Plato's Minos / Robert Goldberg --
Platonic beginnings / Mark Blitz --
A look at Socrates' motive in Plato's Laches / Jason Lund --
Socrates' self-knowledge / David Levy --
Socrates' exhortation to follow the Logos / James Carey --
Philosophy, eros, and the Socratic turn / Mark J. Lutz --
Free to care : Socrates' political engagement / Roslyn Weiss --
Socrates : Sisyphean or overflowing? / Joshua Parens --
Socrates' motives and human wisdom in Plato's Theages / Travis S. Hadley --
Plato's Euthyphro on divine and human wisdom / Wayne Ambler --
On the question of Socratic benevolence / Gregory A. McBrayer --
Philanthropy in the action of the Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, and Crito / Michael P. Harding --
Philosophic care in the life of Plato's Socrates / Mary P. Nichols --
Plato's sons and the library of Magnesia / Pavlas Leonidas Papadopoulos.
Series Title: Recovering political philosophy.
Responsibility: Paul J. Diduch, Michael P. Harding, editors.

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