Apologizing for Socrates

Apologizing for Socrates

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Apologizing for Socrates examines some of Plato's and Xenophon's Socratic writings, specifically those that address well-known controversiese concerning the life and death of Socrates. Gabriel Danzig argues that the effort to defend Socrates from a variety of contemporary charges helps explain some of the central philosophical arguments and literary features that appear in these works. Concentrating on the two Apologies, Crito, Euthyphro, Xenophon's Symposium and Memorabilia, Lysis, and Oeconommicus, Danzig argues that the apologetic efforts were essential for rebuilding the community of Socratic friends and companions, which was devastated by the trial and death of Socrates. The Socratic writings are not merely literary or philosophical endeavors, but also political acts of great competence.Plax argues that Critoa#39;s repeated emphasis on the ease of solving the financial difficulties could indicate a degree of ... The issues are raised here, I suggest, because they are the issues Plato is addressing in this composition. ... This division thus reflects two distinct reactions to Socratesa#39; failure. On the ... In a similar way, Crito employs two distinct kinds of arguments in his appeal to Socrates (44e-46a).

Title:Apologizing for Socrates
Author: Gabriel Danzig
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2012-07-10

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