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Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato
Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato
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Sara Ahbel-Rappe - Author
SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions
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Hardcover - 296 pages
Release Date: May 2018
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6927-0

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Release Date: January 2019
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Argues that Socrates’s fundamental role in the dialogues is to guide us toward self-inquiry and self-knowledge.

In this highly original and provocative book, Sara Ahbel-Rappe argues that the Platonic dialogues contain an esoteric Socrates who signifies a profound commitment to self-knowledge and whose appearances in the dialogues are meant to foster the practice of self-inquiry. According to Ahbel-Rappe, the elenchus, or inner examination, and the thesis that virtue is knowledge, are tools for a contemplative practice that teaches us how to investigate the mind and its objects directly. In other words, the Socratic persona of the dialogues represents wisdom, which is distinct from and serves as the larger space in which Platonic knowledge—ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics—is constructed. Ahbel-Rappe offers complete readings of the Apology, Charmides, Alcibiades I, Euthyphro, Lysis, Phaedrus, Theaetetus, and Parmenides, as well as parts of the Republic. Her interpretation challenges two common approaches to the figure of Socrates: the thesis that the dialogues represent an “early” Plato who later disavows his reliance on Socratic wisdom, and the thesis that Socratic ethics can best be expressed by the construct of eudaimonism or egoism.

“…[Ahbel-Rappe] provides something of a manifesto for understanding the figure of Socrates in Plato’s Dialogues against dominant interpretations … Refreshing for its firm articulation of an esoteric reading of Socrates and its comparison with elements of Eastern thought, this volume breaks new ground in an otherwise well-tilled area of classical philosophy.” — CHOICE

Sara Ahbel-Rappe is Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Socrates: A Guide for the Perplexed and Reading Neoplatonism: Non-discursive Thinking in the Texts of Plotinus, Proclus, and Damascius; translator of Damascius’s Problems and Solutions Concerning First Principles;and coeditor (with Rachana Kamtekar) of A Companion to Socrates.


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Table of Contents

Preface: Socrates as an Esoteric Figure

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge

1. Socratic Philosophy

2. Socratic Receptions

3. Socrates and Self‑Knowledge

4. Euthydemus: Native and Foreign

5. Alcibiades I: The Mirror of Socrates

6. Lysis: The Aporetic Identity of the First Friend

7. From Virtues to Forms in the Phaedrus

8. Theaetetus: Socrates’s Interrogation of Platonic Knowledge

9. “He Who Is Wisest among You”: Socratic Ignorance between the Parmenides and the Apology

Conclusion. The Socratic Paradigm

Notes
Works Cited
Index


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