In Socrates Dissatisfied, Weiss argues against the prevailing view that the personified Laws in the latter part of the Crito are Socrates' spokesmen. She reveals and explores many indications that Socrates and the Laws are, both in style and in substance, adversaries. Deft, provocative, and compelling, with new translations providing groundbreaking interpretations of key passages, Socrates Dissatisfied challenges the standard conception of the history of political thought.
Roslyn Weiss is Clara H. Stewardson Professor of Philosophy at Lehigh University. She has published numerous articles on Plato and on Maimonides and another book, Virtue in the Cave (Oxford, 2001).
Part 1 Introduction: A Dissatisfied Socrates Part 2 Remaining at the Station Chapter 3 Justice and Philosophy Chapter 4 Authority and Law Chapter 5 Gods and "The God" Chapter 6 Athens Chapter 7 Proper Conduct in Court Chapter 8 The Penalties Chapter 9 Hades Part 10 Running the Risk for Friendship Chapter 11 Crito as Socrates' Friend Chapter 12 The Unphilosophical Crito Chapter 13 Crito's Conception of the Just, the Brave, and the Shameful Chapter 14 Crito's Questionable Morality Chapter 15 Crito's Manner of Addressing Socrates Part 16 The Philosophical Argument against Escape Chapter 17 Socrates' Procedure for Solving Moral Questions Chapter 18 Socrates' Moral Principles Chapter 19 Socrates' Arguments against Escape Chapter 20 Socrates as Crito's Friend Part 21 "Especially an Orator" Chapter 22 Protecting Crito Chapter 23 The Laws as Rhetoricians Chapter 24 The Citizen's Agreement Part 25 "Whatever We Bid" Chapter 26 The City as Parent and Master Chapter 27 The Argument from Agreement Chapter 28 Escape Will Benefit No One Part 29 The Corybantic Cure Chapter 30 The Corybantic Metaphor Chapter 31 Why Crito Would "Speak in Vain" Chapter 32 The Way the God Is Leading Part 33 A Fool Satisfied Chapter 34 Engaging Crito Chapter 35 Benefiting Crito Chapter 36 Protecting the Reader Part 37 Restoring the Radical Socrates Part 38 Bibliography Part 39 Index