Afterword The Dream and Writing of Socrates

Herschel Farbman

in The Other Night

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228652
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235780 | DOI:
Afterword The Dream and Writing of Socrates

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This chapter briefly discusses the writing of Socrates and his concept of dream and death. It argues that Socrates had always thought he was obeying a dream in practicing philosophy, the highest form of music in his understanding. As Socrates tells the tale, his lyrical turn to Aesop is material for a philosophical fable. He recounts his seemingly uncharacteristic explorations in writing as an exemplary story of philosophical openness to death. Socrates holds that death is the goal of all true philosophers. So Socrates' tale of his last-minute literary experimentation is at once a tale of leaving and a tale of never having left. The discussion concludes that the likeness of the philosopher's death to a dream might seem to indicate that the philosopher is really just dreaming of a continuation of philosophical life through all of his talk of desire for death.

Keywords: Socrates; dream; death; philosopher; writing; Aesop

Chapter.  3922 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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