Comment on A.-M. Schultz' Socrates and Socrates: 'Looking back to Bring Philosophy Forward'

Stern-Gillet, Suzanne (2015) Comment on A.-M. Schultz' Socrates and Socrates: 'Looking back to Bring Philosophy Forward'. Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, 30 (1). pp. 142-155. ISSN 1059-986X

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Abstract

The paper, although polemical for the most part, also presents a substantive thesis. The polemical part is directed at the claim that the Platonic Socrates held that philosophy as a practice is to be devoted to the care of self and others, and that the expression of emotion is an important aspect of the philosophic life. To undermine that claim, counter-examples from the autobiographical narrative in the Phaedo and the speeches of Diotima and Alcibiades in the Symposium are brought in. Once analysed at the required depth, those passages show that, on the contrary, Plato's Socrates remains consistently dispassionate both in his life, as he narrates it, and in the views he is made to express in the two dialogues. Rather than promoting self-expression, Socrates never ceased to warn us against misology.


Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Peer reviewed article. This article has an alternative title: "An Avuncular Socrates? Comment on A.-M. Schultz' Socrates and Socrates: 'Looking back to Bring Philosophy Forward'"
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotions, Diotima, Phaedo, Socrates, Intellectualism

Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Philosophy
Depositing User: Sarah Taylor
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 11:09
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2015 11:09
Identification Number: 10.1163/22134417-00301P15
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/743

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