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Recovering Political Philosophy

Socrates in the Cave

On the Philosopher’s Motive in Plato

Editors: Diduch, Paul J., Harding, Michael P. (Eds.)

  • Collects Plato scholars from across philosophy and political theory
  • Engages the question of Socrates’ putative “philanthropy” or care for others
  • Rereads Plato's works to provide new insights into Socrates' motives for philosophic interlocution 
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This book addresses the problem of fully explaining Socrates’ motives for philosophic interlocution in Plato’s dialogues. Why, for instance, does Socrates talk to many philosophically immature and seemingly incapable interlocutors? Are his motives in these cases moral, prudential, erotic, pedagogic, or intellectual? In any one case, can Socrates’ reasons for engaging an unlikely interlocutor be explained fully on the grounds of intellectual self-interest (i.e., the promise of advancing his own wisdom)? Or does his activity, including his self-presentation and staging of his death, require additional motives for adequate explanation? Finally, how, if at all, does our conception of Socrates’ motives help illuminate our understanding of the life of reason as Plato presents it? By inviting a multitude of authors to contribute their thoughts on these question—all of whom share a commitment to close reading, but by no means agree on the meaning of Plato’s dialogues—this book provides the reader with an excellent map of the terrain of these problems and aims to help the student of Plato clarify the tensions involved, showing especially how each major stance on Socrates entails problematic assumptions that prompt further critical reflection.

About the authors

Paul J. Diduch is an Instructor in the Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. He has published articles and reviews on Plato and Thucydides and is currently working on Socrates’ critique of pre-Socratic science and the problems of virtue and knowledge in Plato’s thought.
Michael P. Harding is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at Montgomery College, USA. He earned his doctorate from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas, USA.

Reviews

“This volume will be of interest to the many scholars and advanced students of Plato, be they in departments of classics, philosophy, political science, or the liberal arts.”(Robert Bartlett, Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies, Boston College, USA)

“The essays… will be consulted by serious scholars of Plato for a long time to come… an important resource.”(Dustin Sebell, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University, USA)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Editors’ Introduction: Why Clarifying Socrates’ Motives Matters for Platonic Philosophy

    Diduch, Paul J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • The Strange Conversation of Plato’s Minos

    Goldberg, Robert

    Pages 11-38

  • Platonic Beginnings

    Blitz, Mark

    Pages 39-52

  • A Look at Socrates’ Motive in Plato’s Laches

    Lund, Jason

    Pages 53-75

  • Socrates’ Self-Knowledge

    Levy, David

    Pages 77-106

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-76831-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76830-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Socrates in the Cave
Book Subtitle
On the Philosopher’s Motive in Plato
Editors
  • Paul J. Diduch
  • Michael P. Harding
Series Title
Recovering Political Philosophy
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76831-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76831-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76830-4
Series ISSN
2524-7166
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 347
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