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Descent of Socrates: Self-Knowledge and Cryptic Nature in the Platonic Dialogues
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Descent of Socrates: Self-Knowledge and Cryptic Nature in the Platonic Dialogues (Paperback)

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Since the appearance of Plato's Dialogues, philosophers have been preoccupied with the identity of Socrates and have maintained that successful interpretation of the work hinges upon a clear understanding of what thoughts and ideas can be attributed to him. In Descent of Socrates, Peter Warnek offers a new interpretation of Plato by considering the appearance of Socrates within Plato's work as a philosophical question. Warnek reads the Dialogues as an inquiry into the nature of Socrates and in doing so opens up the relationship between humankind and the natural world. Here, Socrates appears as a demonic and tragic figure whose obsession with the task of self-knowledge transforms the history of philosophy. In this uncompromising work, Warnek reveals the importance of the concept of nature in the Platonic Dialogues in light of Socratic practice and the Ancient ideas that inspire contemporary philosophy.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy: Ancient, to c 500 Publisher: Indiana University Press Publication Date: 25/11/2005 ISBN-13: 9780253218162  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Peter Warnek is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. He is co-translator of Martin Heidegger's Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta 1-3 (IUP, 1995). He is a founding member of the Society for Ancient Philosophy.

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