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SpringerBriefs in Philosophy

Socrates on the Life of Philosophical Inquiry

A Companion to Plato’s Laches

Authors: Stefou, Konstantinos

  • First English book to deal systematically with Plato’s Laches after three decades 
  • Proposes the idea that Plato’s Laches is intended to establish the significance of the life of philosophical inquiry 
  • Clarifies the place occupied by the Laches in Plato’s early dialogues 
  • Only book on the Laches combining philological and philosophical strands in order to lay out the structure of arguments in a clear but less technical way
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About this book

This book offers the first systematic reading of Plato’s Laches in English after three decades of scholarly silence. It rekindles interest in this much-neglected dialogue by providing a fresh discussion of the major issues that arise from the text. Among these issues, pride of place is taken by the virtue of courage, for the definition of which Socrates is depicted as engaging in some long-winded dialectical exchange with his interlocutors. Yet, although there is no room for doubt that the Laches is Plato’s most explicit treatment of courage, this dialogue ends in perplexity and is thus traditionally thought of as an unsuccessful attempt to define what courage is. The present study challenges this suggestion.

This book proposes a new paradigm for the interpretation of Plato’s Laches. In fact, it constitutes the first systematic attempt to study the dialogue in light of the idea that its composition could well have formed part of Plato’s overall plan to establish a well-defined and rigorous justification of the life of philosophical inquiry

The book will be of key interest to classicists, philosophers, and intellectual historians, but will also appeal to students or anyone interested in ancient Greek philosophy.

About the authors

Konstantinos Stefou studied Classics and Ancient Philosophy at the University of Ioannina. In April 2014 he completed his PhD entitled ‘Early Greek Moral Values and Political Behavior in Plato’s Works’, after which he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the same University. From 2016 to 2018 he served as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Department of Classical Studies and Philosophy, University of Cyprus, and at the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology, University of Thessaly. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Philosophical Seminar of the University of Cologne, working on a project on Plato’s handling of medicine. He has authored a series of papers on the Platonic Socrates and the so-called ‘Socratic’ dialogues, and is currently co-editing an anthology of Roman poetry. His research interests include ancient Greek and Roman literature, philosophy, historiography, oratory and rhetoric, and medicine.


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Preamble (178a1–181d7)

    Stefou, Konstantinos

    Pages 1-13

  • Nicias’ and Laches’ Speeches on ‘Fighting in Armor’ (Hoplomachia) (181d8–184d4)

    Stefou, Konstantinos

    Pages 15-25

  • Socrates’ Proposed Methodology (184d5–187b7)

    Stefou, Konstantinos

    Pages 27-37

  • Nicias and Laches Give Their Consent to Socrates’ Cross-Questioning (187b8–189d3)

    Stefou, Konstantinos

    Pages 39-45

  • Socrates Initiates the Dialectic Discussion (189d4–190e3)

    Stefou, Konstantinos

    Pages 47-53

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04188-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04187-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Socrates on the Life of Philosophical Inquiry
Book Subtitle
A Companion to Plato’s Laches
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04188-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04188-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-04187-8
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 107
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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