Descent of Socrates: Self-Knowledge and Cryptic Nature in the Platonic Dialogues - Studies in Continental Thought (Hardback)Peter Warnek (author)
Hardback Published: 20/12/2005
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Since the appearance of "Plato's Dialogues", philosophers have been preoccupied with the identity of Socrates and have maintained that successful interpretation of the work hinges upon a clear understanding of what thoughts and ideas can be attributed to him. In "Descent of Socrates", Peter Warnek offers a new interpretation of Plato by considering the appearance of Socrates within Plato's work as a philosophical question. Warnek reads the "Dialogues" as an inquiry into the nature of Socrates and in doing so opens up the relationship between humankind and the natural world.Here, Socrates appears as a demonic and tragic figure whose obsession with the task of self-knowledge transforms the history of philosophy. In this uncompromising work, Warnek reveals the importance of the concept of nature in the "Platonic Dialogues" in light of Socratic practice and the Ancient ideas that inspire contemporary philosophy. Peter Warnek is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. He is co-translator (with Walter Brogan) of Heidegger's "Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta 1-3" (published by Indiana University Press). He is a founding member of the Society for Ancient Philosophy.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
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