Apologizing for Socrates: How Plato and Xenophon Created Our Socrates

Apologizing for Socrates: How Plato and Xenophon Created Our Socrates

By: Gabriel Danzig (author)Hardback

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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.

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Gabriel Danzig is chair of the department of classics and a lecturer in the department of philosophy at Bar Ilan University, Israel. He is also author of the Hebrew translation of Socratic Dialogues: Xenophon's Apology of Socrates, Symposium and Oeconomicus.


Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter One. Plato and Xenophon on Socrates' Behavior in Court (The Apologies) Chapter 3 Chapter Two. Building a Community under Fire (Crito) Chapter 4 Chapter Three. Disgracing Meletus (Euthyphro) Chapter 5 Chapter Four. Xenophon's Socratic Seductions (Memorabilia) Chapter 6 Chapter Five. Plato's Socratic Seductions (Lysis) Chapter 7 Chapter Six. Why Socrates was not a farmer: Xenophon's Apology for Socrates in Oeconomicus

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/03/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780739132449
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 286
  • ID: 9780739132449
  • weight: 594
  • ISBN10: 073913244X

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