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Readings of Plato's Apology of Socrates: Defending the Philosophical Life
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy. (History of Philosophy)
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Plato

s

Apology of Socrates

we see a philosopher in collision with his society

a society he

nonetheless claims to have benefited through his philosophic a

ctivity. It has often been asked

why democratic Athens condemned a philosopher of his character

to death. This anthology

examines the contribution made by Plato

s

Apology of Socrates

to our understanding of the

character of Socrates as well as of the conception of

philosophy Plato attributes to him. The 11

chapters offer complementary readings of the

Apology

, which through their different approaches

demonstrate the richness of this Platonic work as well as t

he various layers that can be discerned

in its presentation of Socrates.

While the contributions display variety in both topics a

nd angles, they also share common

features: An awareness of the importance of the literary

aspects of Plato

s courtroom drama, as

well as a readiness to take into consideration the historic

al context of the work. Thereby they

provide contributions to a manifold understanding of the aims

and impact of the work, without

losing sight of the philosophical questions that are raised by

Socrates

confrontational and

unrepentant defense speech. Allowing the character of Socrat

es to take center stage, the chapters

of this volume examine the philosopher in relation to ethi

cs, and to politics and democracy, as

well as to the ideology, religion, and virtue shared by the A

thenians.

Readers will also find reflections on classical Platonic s

ubjects such as the nature of

Socratic philosophical inquiry and of philosophy itself, as well

as ones on the notoriously

ambiguous relationships between philosophy, sophistry and rhetoric

, and their several

relationships to truth and justice. The anthology emphas

izes and explores the equivocal and

sometimes problematic aspects of Socrates as Plato prese

nts him in the

Apology

, illuminating

why the Athenians let the verdict fall as they did, while dr

awing out problematic features of

Athenian society and its reaction to Socrates

philosophic activity, thereby encouraging

reflection on the role philosophy can play in our modern so

cieties.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Lexington Books, 2018, 1. , p. 248
Keywords [en]
Plato, Apology, Socrates, democracy Ancient Philosophy, Apology, the trial of Socrates, Socratic ethics, Philosophy and Politics, Democracy, Philosophic rhetoric, paideia, kairos, parrhesia, Socratic Method, Character of Socrates.
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Philosophy, with specialization in history of philosophy
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340882ISBN: 978-1-4985-4999-8 (print)ISBN: 978-1-4985-5000-0 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-340882DiVA, id: diva2:1180238
Available from: 2018-02-05 Created: 2018-02-05 Last updated: 2018-02-05

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