Socrates: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback

Socrates: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

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Socrates has a unique position in the history of philosophy. It is no exaggeration to say that had it not been for his influence on Plato, the whole development of Western philosophy might have bee unimaginably different. Yet Socrates wrote nothing himself, and our knowledge of him is derived primarily from the engaging and infuriating figure who appears in Plato's dialogues. In this book, Christopher Taylor explores the relationship between the historical Socrates and the Platonic character, and examines the enduring image of Socrates as the ideal exemplar of the philosophic life - a thinker whose moral and intellectual integrity permeated every detail of his life, even in the face of betrayal and execution by his fellow Athenians.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, black and white halftones and line drawings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500
  • ISBN: 9780192854124



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Socrates quest for wisdom and truth and his strategy to achieve it are well exposed by C. C. W. Taylor. The main features of Socrates think are presented with the diverses dialogues that it maintain with others greek thinkers and schools. His influence in the philosophies of his time and in future philosophers and schools of thought are mentioned, with specially attention to Hegel, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. Usefull reading that help one understand some features of postmodern life.