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by Gregory Vlastos

  • ISBN: 052131450X
  • Category: Politics
  • Author: Gregory Vlastos
  • Subcategory: Philosophy
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Cornell; 1st Edition edition (1991)
  • Pages: 346 pages
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  • Rating: 4.1
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Gregory Vlastos's book begins from the conviction that Socrates' strangeness is 'the key to his philosophy. It is a marvelous book, in which no major aspect of Socrates' career is eclipsed

Gregory Vlastos's book begins from the conviction that Socrates' strangeness is 'the key to his philosophy. It is a marvelous book, in which no major aspect of Socrates' career is eclipsed. The rigor of his arguments, the depth of his moral commitment and understanding, his complex relationship to Athenian ethical traditions, his rational religion: all this comes to life in writing whose vigor and lucidity put the challenge of Socrates squarely before the reader. It deserves as much honor as any work of scholarship in Greek philosophy in this century.

Gregory Vlastos (/ˈvlæstoʊs/; Greek: Γρηγόριος Βλαστός; July 27, 1907 – October 12, 1991) was a scholar of ancient philosophy, and author of several works on Plato and Socrates. A Christian, Vlastos also wrote about Christian faith. He is considered to be "a preeminent scholar on Socrates who transformed the analysis of classical philosophy.

Gregory Vlastos (1907-1992) was a member of the Department of. .

Gregory Vlastos (1907-1992) was a member of the Department of Philosophy at Princeton 1955-1976. When he graduated from Constantinople’s Robert College in 1925, Vlastos's family, hearing of their son’s proposal to continue his studies in America, warned that if he went, he would lose his soul. Vlastos spent the last ten years of his life refining his new image and coming to terms with Socrates as he had now come to understand him. His efforts culminated in the publication just before his death of his last book, Socrates: Ironist and Moral Philosopher.

This long-awaited study of the most enigmatic figure of Greek philosophy reclaims Socrates’ ground-breaking originality. Written by a leading historian of Greek thought, it argues for a Socrates who, though long overshadowed by his successors Plato and Aristotle, marked the true turning point in Greek philosophy, religion and ethics. The quest for the historical figure focuses on the Socrates of Plato’s earlier dialogues, setting him in sharp contrast to that other Socrates of later dialogues, where he is used as a mouthpiece for Plato’s often anti-Socratic doctrine

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Introduction: the paradox of Socrates, by G. Vlastos. Our knowledge of Socrates, by A. R. Lacey. Socrates in the Clouds, by K. J. Dover. Elenchus, by R. Robinson.

inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Introduction: the paradox of Socrates, by G. Elenchus: direct and indirect, by R. Socratic definition, by R. Elenctic definitions, by G. Nakhnikian. Socrates on the definition.

Gregory Vlastos shows us a Socrates who, though he has been long overshadowed by his successors, Plato and Aristotle, represented the true turning point in Greek attitude toward philosophy, religion, and ethics. In his quest for the historical Socrates, Vlastos focuses on Plato's earlier dialogues, setting the Socrates we find there in sharp contrast to the Socrates of later dialogues, in which he is used as a mouthpiece for Plato's own doctrines, many of them anti-Socratic in nature. At the heart of the book is Vlastos's perception of the paradoxical nature of Socratic thought.

Socrates is a major character in Mary Renault's historical novel The Last of the Wine  . Gregory Vlastos (1991).

Socrates is a major character in Mary Renault's historical novel The Last of the Wine A humorous version of the deceased Socrates appears in John Kendrick Bangs's comic novel A House-Boat on the Styx and its sequels. Socrates, Ironist and Moral Philosopher. Cornell University Press.

University of Notre Dame Press (1980). Essays on Socrates Gregory Vlastos (E. : The Philosophy of Socrates. Gregory Vlastos - 1971 - Garden City, . Vlastos, G. Introduction: the paradox of Socrates. Lacey, A. Our knowledge of Socrates. Dover, K. Socrates in the Clouds. Robinson, R. Elenchus. Elenchus, direct and indirect. Socratic definition. Nakhnikian, G. Elenctic definitions. Cohen, S. M. Socrates on the definition of piety: Euthyphro. A Collection of Critical Essays. Added to PP index 2009-01-28.

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Reviews about Socrates (7):
As a beginning student of philosophy, I had to take my time with this book and read it carefully. Prof. Vlastos writes very clearly and makes his arguments step by step so that there is no mistaking his point, which you are then able to judge for yourself. He is persuasive, not dogmatic, but you have to be able to follow his train of reasoning.

In my opinion, it is unfair to accuse Prof. Vlastos of "special pleading", that is, presenting only evidence that supports his own arguments. Vlastos spent his life studying Socrates, and no doubt developed strong feelings for the object of his study, but it seems to me that he goes to great lengths to acknowledge evidence contradicting his own conclusions. But Vlastos makes his points very thoroughly, so if you want to quibble with him you have to have your own ducks in a row.

Vlastos covers the following topics:

- Socratic Irony.

- The "Socratic problem" - what we can know about Socrates as an actual historical figure, as opposed to the various impressions handed down to us by Aristophanes, Plato, Xenophon, and others.

- The shift from the Socratic method ("elenchus") to mathematics in Plato's middle dialogues.

- Does Socrates cheat? (Yes, but only in jest.)

- Socrates' religious beliefs. (He believed in his "daimonion", but was not a mystic.)

- Socrates' rejection of the "lex talionis". (I found this to be by far the most interesting chapter, Socrates articulating the "Golden Rule" 400 years before Christ.)

- An explication of Socrates' theory that Happiness and Virtue are identical.

Vlastos concludes that Socrates, believing what he believed, died a happy man.

Anyone interested in philosophy will benefit from spending a few hours with Professor Gregory Vlastos and his friend, Socrates.
i was wondering about the different socrates in the early dialogs - a very satisfying and entertaining answer
Absolument passionnant. Se lit comme une enquête policière faite par un policier d'une impressionnante érudition et d'une grande honnêteté !
Viewed from the outside the study of ancient philosophy has strange fixations it can be hard to relate to. The example of Gregory Vlastos, the 20th century Princeton professor, can be found in recent work -- he set the standard for all major contemporary work which takes the philosophy of ancient writers as straight-up interesting -- but he is not of that milieu; *Socrates: Ironist and Moral Philosopher*, like the writings of R.M. Hare, is the work of a *homme de lettres* who wants to explain things clearly to the slightly addled, slightly ignorant person who is the average college student or graduate (though some actual learning and acuity is of course assumed).

The legend of Socrates is one of the oldest and most enduring tropes of Western culture; though many may not know the actual works of Plato were hardly read outside of the Byzantine Empire for a thousand years, the powerful example of an ordinary man with extraordinary gifts for debate and bent on impressing the importance of moral clarity on his fellow citizens -- who rewarded him with a cup of poison he drank "cheerfully" -- obviously resonates with the larger story of Christendom and forms the basis for philosophical argument even today. However, if a philosophy tyro gets into the Platonic texts it is difficult to relate the "established" conclusions to anything recognizable as contemporary conventional wisdom, and if one gets initiated into the question of the "philosophy of Socrates" -- how the actual man's thinking differed from that of the Plato of eternal Forms -- matters become almost impossible.

Vlastos helps clear up many confusions a Greek-less philosophy fan will have about Socrates' "irony", the different stories about Socrates in Plato and Xenophon (and Aristotle too), how tenable famous principles like "virtue is knowledge" are if cast in modern analytic dress and other such topics. He opts wholeheartedly for distinguishing the Socrates of Plato's "early" dialogues, who focuses solely on morality, from the polymathic Socrates in later dialogues; though obviously some of this is anyone's guess, it is still the standard approach today. Finally, like all Platonists he insists on the singular contribution of Socrates to a Greek culture fixated on the showy and overpowering; if there was a "Greek miracle" that set the stage for Western Civilization, it certainly could not have occurred without the raising of objective truth to the standard of a beautiful ideal in Socrates' *Lebenspraxis* and the teachings of Plato inspired by him.

Anyone with a basic philosophical education will be able to follow this book and ought to read it.
Gregory has offered manking a great service. He brought forth Socrates to shine like a diamont in the Philosophical environment. He pulled Socrates out of the Shadow of Plato and Aristotle and he has brought Socrates to stand out by Himself. He has ascertained the impeccable logic of the Socratic elenctic dialogs. Beyond that he has made several mistakes. This can be forgiven, because beyond that one starts dealing with subjects that are not for Academia. Academia is trying to by pass that all greek philosophers were initiated to the Mystical Rites of Eleusis, or Pythagora. it is worth reading by all. Vlastos brought Socrates out of the Academic and Religious deep freeze.

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