Original in approach, lovingly crafted with humor, thought-experiments, and literary references from the Iliad to Harry Potter , and with close readings of key Socratic arguments, the book brings the strange figure of Socrates and his divine mission to life, philosophizing at the center of human concerns. Here too Rudebusch is to some extent conventional. Moreover when it comes to one of the main supporting planks for this would-be tenet, namely the argument that knowledge is sufficient for right action that akrasia is impossible , there is rather less commitment expressed by Socrates than Rudebusch suggests. It is a treatment that I expect will succeed, deservedly, in winning over new advocates. Rudebusch has an appealing voice -- that of the intelligent, committed advocate -- well suited to his material and to the aims of the 'great minds' series of which it is a part.
Instead of benevolence, ren is humane courtesy. Puzzling Pedagogy The Lysis : 8. If Socrates has radical positions to which he is committed and supporting arguments that are already apt to bamboozle, it seems both insincere and wasteful to peddle deliberately false lines instead. Does Socrates Conistently Hold the Sufficiency Thesis? As Rudebusch is of course aware it forms a significant part of his account this is pretty much how Socrates describes his own mission in the Apology -- the revealing to others of their unwitting ignorance. Interpreting Socrates The Apology : 2.
If pluralist, they identify the virtues with distinct kinds of knowledge. In the Protagoras, Socrates argues that all of the virtues consist in a single power: knowledge of human well-being. Rudebusch's response is that this reflects a Socratic policy of using deliberate false leads see in particular his Chapter 7, 'puzzling pedagogy' to expose an interlocutor's mental confusion. Knowledge Rules The Laches : 6. One's aim is to show that the interlocutor assents to ideas that are not mutually consistent -- something must be wrong and it is the task of further examination to discover what. What are we to make of the paradoxicaland strange figure who claimed that the unexamined life is notworth living, that only knowledge can save our souls, that love isnothing but the desire for wisdom, and that knowledge of humanexcellence is such that only a god can possess it? If monist, they identify all the virtues with one and the same kind of knowledge.
و حاول أن يلبس سقراط عباءة الدين الضيقة جداً على رجل كان كل حياته مسكوناً بالأسئلة و قتل أخر الأمر بتهمة إزدراء الدين!!!! Offers a highly original study of Socrates and his thought, accessible to contemporary readers Argues that through studying Socrates we can learn practical wisdom to apply to our lives Lovingly crafted with humour, thought-experiments and literary references, and with close reading sof key Socratic arguments Aids readers with diagrams to make clear complex arguments Keywords No keywords specified fix it Categories. But given Rudebusch's primary aim of explicating the Socrates we find in Plato's works one might have hoped for something a little more satisfying in terms of Plato's own art than the rather tired separation of one figure representing 'a portrait of the historical Socrates' 204 from another who, as 'a mouthpiece for the views of Plato himself' ibid. Rudebusch's advocacy of Socrates as a thinker who has much to tell us about the good human life is carried off with passion and grace, as well as an enviable succinctness and clarity. Rudebusch argues instead that these texts do indeed fit together into a coherent moral theory as he attempts to locate Socrates' position on hedonism. This kind of classification goes back ultimately, albeit indirectly, to Aristotle's testimony, of which Rudebusch has a brief but judicious discussion 204-6. Protesting against traditional interpretations that tame the ancient philosopher by observing him through a lens of conventional wisdom, George Rudebusch's Socrates presents a compelling case for taking Socrates' arguments and wild conclusions seriously, not merely as abstract exercises in cross-examining ideas of human excellence, but as a heavenly way for human beings to live.
Protesting against traditional interpretations that tame theancient philosopher by observing him through a lens of conventionalwisdom, George Rudebusch s Socrates presents acompelling case for taking Socrates arguments and wildconclusions seriously, not merely as abstract exercises incross-examining ideas of human excellence, but as a heavenly wayfor human beings to live. Rudebusch is rightly keen to emphasize the philosophical value of that content rather than its historical accuracy. Offers a highly original study of Socrates and his thought, accessible to contemporary readers Argues that through studying Socrates we can learn practicalwisdom to apply to our lives Lovingly crafted with humour, thought-experiments and literaryreferences from the Iliad to Harry Potter , and withclose reading sof key Socratic arguments Aids readers with diagrams to make clear complex arguments Can we learn, through the model of Socrates, practical wisdom thatwe can apply to our lives? Moreover there is a danger on this approach that one ends up tying oneself in knots, and I don't think Rudebusch entirely escapes this. Remarkably comprehensive in its scope, it is throughout lucid, engaging and provocative. One of the key exhibits for Rudebusch in this regard is the Protagoras , where Socrates certainly might be taken to be advocating in his own name the thesis that all of human excellence is to be identified with a kind of knowledge. From the Apology and Crito, it is clear that Socrates believes virtue to be the supreme good.
. But it is a tribute to Rudebusch that he succeeds by and large in conveying the sense of strangeness and challenge that these indeed radical positions should still have for us. Reverence The Crito : 15. Division in Plato is today associated with the so-called method of division. Socrates presents a compelling case for some life-changingconclusions that follow from a close reading of Socrates'arguments.
Socrates, Pleasure, and Value George Rudebusch In this study, George Rudebusch addresses whether Socrates was a hedonist--whether he believed pleasure to be the good. Of course one can argue that putting forward a hypothesis such as that bravery is merely a part of virtue, which an interlocutor is likely to accept, is dialectically more effective in exposing mental confusion than offering a more exotic thesis. We review eleven distinct interpretive options, many of which stretch back more than a hundred years, finding all of them untenable. Last Words Epilogue: Socrates or Plato? Socrates presents a compelling case for some life-changing conclusions that follow from a close reading of Socrates' arguments. It is no mean feat that Rudebusch has written a book that is both accessible to beginners in philosophy and required reading for scholars of ancient philosophy.
Intellectualism about human virtue is the thesis that virtue is knowledge. In Socratic Moral Psychology, Brickhouse and Smith propose to solve the problem by finding a coherent account. The argument is as follows: Socrates in the Protagoras and Gorgias can consistently and compellingly speak of pleasure as the good for human beings chs. George Rudebusch's 'Socrates' presents a compelling case for taking Socrates' arguments and wild conclusions seriously, not merely as abstract exercises in cross examining ideas of human excellence, but as a heavenly way for human beings to live. Interpreting Socrates The Apology : 2. فما هو إلا تأملات للمؤلف و انطباعاته الخاصة عن سقراط.