Death of Socrates

An Interpretation of the Plantonic Dialogues: Euthyphroapology, Crito and Phae'do.


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ISBN : 9788130713908


Author : Romano Guardini


Pages : 180 pp


Year of Publishing : 2012


Binding : Hardbound



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The fate of Socrates is one of the principal themes in the history of the western mind. Whatever might be the paths of philosophical reflection from the year 399 B.C., they must lead back sooner or later to that enigmatic figure which so deeply touches all who come in contact with it. Socrates is not a systematic philosopher, yet he tells us more about the meaning of philosophy than many systematic writings. He is inimitable, yet he has had a deeper influence on men’s minds than most others who have taught a way of life. There is in his fate, which is so completely the result of a given situation and so intimately bound up with his personal idiosyncrasy, a typical significance which scarcely any other historical figure possesses. The present work examines four dialogues from Plato’s works: the Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo. They describe Socrates, the philosopher, in the situation of death. These texts will tell us how Socrates sees death, how his life appears to him in the face of death, and how he meets his end. The author is concerned here with the theoretical proposition, what is the meaning of death, how far the possibility of death reaches into man’s existence, whether there is anything indestructible in this existence, and so forth but also with the concrete state of mind which lies behind the questions and statements ; with the existence of the man who is here asking and affirming, and who is not just anyone, but Socrates; that Socrates who is the outcome of the contact between the stonemason of Alopece and his great disciple, combining in himself elements from the nature of both. This work, then, will not raise the question as to which parts of the four dialogues are historically Socratic or Platonic; the Socrates of which it speaks is that presiding genius of Plato’s dialogues who has continued to influence the philosophical life of the West.

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