Is Socrates a model for all philosophers, past and present?

  • April 19, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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In April we shall discuss the question, How much is Socrates a model for philosophy and philosophers today?  We shall look at some aspects of the significance that is usually given to Socrates in the early development of the philosophical reasoning, method, and values; and then try to relate them to some later developments in Western philosophy following the ancient Greeks and some what we find in modern and contemporary philosophical work.

The reading for our discussion is Plato's dialogue "The Apology," which gives a good idea of the man Socrates and his mission in life.  This dialogue should be easy to find, if you don't already possess a copy.  An Introduction and translation of the complete dialogue by Benjamin Jowett is available at this link

http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/p/plato/p71ap/introduction.html#apology

 

There's a wealth of literature on Socrates, but for a good, one-stop site for background reading on Socrates, his life and philosophy, check out the article in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/socrates/

 

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  • mark

    very cool and fun! great for college students and retired people with lots of time to think and read.

    April 20, 2013

  • Juan B.

    Fair discussion of the two major points: 1. Plato's portrayal of Socrates in the Apology, as a man with a mission to lead others to the improvement of soul through right knowledge and right action; 2. the impact that Socrates has had for subsequent culture, both philosophical thought and the work of a wide range of people, including writers, political leaders, religion, artists, poets and such.

    April 20, 2013

  • Jim C.

    singapore, as usual

    March 26, 2013

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