How Philosophy Became Socratic

How Philosophy Became Socratic

A Study of Plato's Protagoras, Charmides, and Republic

eBook - 2010
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PlatoOCOs dialogues show Socrates at different ages, beginning when he was about nineteen and already deeply immersed in philosophy and ending with his execution five decades later. By presenting his model philosopher across a fifty-year span of his life, Plato leads his readers to wonder: does that time period correspond to the development of SocratesOCO thought? In this magisterial investigation of the evolution of SocratesOCO philosophy, Laurence Lampert answers in the affirmative.
The chronological route that Plato maps for us, Lampert argues, reveals the enduring record of philosophy as it gradually took the form that came to dominate the life of the mind in the West. The reader accompanies Socrates as he breaks with the century-old tradition of philosophy, turns to his own path, gradually enters into a deeper understanding of nature and human nature, and discovers the successful way to transmit his wisdom to the wider world. Focusing on the final and most prominent step in that process and offering detailed textual analysis of PlatoOCOs "Protagoras," "Charmides," and "Republic," "How Philosophy Became Socratic" charts SocratesOCO gradual discovery of a proper politics to shelter and advance philosophy.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780226470979
0226470970
0226470962
9780226470962
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vii, 441 p.)

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