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Introduction

in Socrates

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 628 words.

The Introduction presents Socrates as one of the most influential and one of the least-known philosophers. He directly influenced his contemporaries, especially Plato, who would otherwise...

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Life

in Socrates

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 6051 words.

Socrates was seen by contemporaries as an arguer and questioner, challenging people's pretensions to expertise and revealing inconsistencies in their beliefs. Many considered him a...

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Plato's Socrates

in Socrates

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 11417 words.

‘Plato's Socrates’ shows that Socrates is predominantly characterized, not as a teacher, but as an enquirer. He disclaims wisdom, and seeks, normally in vain, elucidation of problematic...

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Socrates and Later Philosophy

in Socrates

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 8537 words.

‘Socrates and later philosophy’ examines the legacy of Socrates. By far the most important aspect of this was his influence on Plato. Antisthenes, the probable founder of the Cynic sect,...

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Socratic Literature and the Socratic Problem

in Socrates

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 6395 words.

‘Socratic literature and the Socratic problem’ asks what access sources give us to the historical Socrates. The only Socratic literature known to have been written before Socrates' death is...

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