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Philosophy, Democracy and Poverty: The Philosopher as Political Agent in Plato's Apology
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy.
2018 (English)In: Readings of Plato's Apology of Socrates: Defending the Philosophical Life / [ed] Haraldsen, Pettersson, Tvedt, Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Lexington Books, 2018, 0, p. 37-56Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the article ”Philosophy, Democracy and Poverty: The philosopher as political agent in the Apology of Plato” I argue that the role of the philosopher, as Socrates presents it in this work, is first and foremost to be an agent of subversive political activity, and I find support for this claim in other works of Plato as well as within the Apology itself. I hold that the poverty of Socrates is a vital clue if we are to understand the philosopher as a political figure in this dialogue. By taking a cue from Alain Badiou, and regarding justice as the political equivalent of truth, I investigate the relationship between democracy and philosophy in order to understand the connection between life and teachings for Plato’s Socrates. That Socrates chooses to abstain from the traditional political arenas, points, I argue, toward a distinction in Plato’s political thinking: a distinction between the private and the public realm that corresponds to a distinction between the masses and the individual, and that sheds light on what Plato’s political critique really entails. 

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Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Lexington Books, 2018, 0. p. 37-56
Keywords [en]
Plato, Socrates, Apology, the trial of Socrates, Socratic ethics, Philosophy and Politics, Democracy in Athens
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Philosophy, with specialization in history of philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340884ISBN: 978-1-4985-4999-8 (print)ISBN: 978-1-4985-5000-0 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-340884DiVA, id: diva2:1180418
Available from: 2018-02-05 Created: 2018-02-05 Last updated: 2018-02-05

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