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TitleSocrates in the Cave [electronic resource] : On the Philosopher’s Motive in Plato / edited by Paul J. Diduch, Michael P. Harding
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript XIV, 347 p. online resource


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


1. Editors' Introduction -- 2. The Strange Conversation of Plato’s Minos -- 3. Platonic Beginnings -- 4. A Look at Socrates’ Motives in the Laches -- 5. Socrates’ Self-Knowledge -- 6. Socrates’ Exhortation to Follow the Logos -- 7. Philosophy, Eros, and the Socratic Turn -- 8. Free to Care: Socrates’ Political Engagement -- 10. Socrates: Sisyphean or Overflowing? -- 11. Socrates’ Motives and Human Wisdom in Plato’s Theages -- 12. Plato’s Euthyphro on Divine and Human Wisdom -- 13. On the Question of Socratic Benevolence -- 14. Philanthropy in the Action of the Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito -- 15. Philosophic Care in the Life of Plato’s Socrates -- 16. Plato’s Sons and the Library of Magnesia

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