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Understanding Life and Death Through Plato and Socrates: Philosophy as a Confrontation with EternityBy: Stuart Weierter (author)Hardback
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DescriptionThe first book to argue that the preoccupation with eternity is foundational to all philosophy. It fills in a gap by outlining the ways that Plato and Socrates talk about life and death. There is also a lengthy discussion of how Aristophanes responded with satirical exaggerations of their positions. This author focuses entirely on how death and eternity are integral thematic components of the Platonic dialogues. The contribution is in drawing on copious secondary material to make the argument that all great philosophy must serve as a confrontation with eternity. It must make the audience resolve the issue of their own mortality by confronting our precarious place in the cosmos. Eternity is a prescient theme in Plato and Socrates, which is important for bolstering their place in the Western canon.
Contents1. Foreword by Professor Jacob Howland; 2. Recovering Philosophy; 3. Reading Plato; 4. Divine Authority in Aristophanes' Clouds; 5. Piety and Prophecy in Plato's Euthyphro; 6. Death and Soul in Plato's Phaedo; 7. The Possibility of Philosophy.
- publication date: 07/12/2012
- ISBN13: 9780773428997
- Format: Hardback
- Number Of Pages: 312
- ID: 9780773428997
- ISBN10: 0773428992
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