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Use of myth in Plato’s Symposium

This is a chapter from my book, Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life Symposium, part five – Agathon’s encomium and Socrates’ comments “To be in love is merely to be in a perpetual anesthesia – to mistake an ordinary young man for a Greek god or an ordinary young …

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Socrates on death

This is a chapter from my book Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life “What all of us deeply want is not to do something, but to be something.” A.E. Taylor, Plato – The man and his work When Socrates’ execution was certain and impending, and after he bid his …

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Socrates, the laws and the power of the state

This is a chapter from my book, Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life “Their teacher is a prisoner of himself, and the only act of ‘freedom’ he recognizes is embracing death. Will they succeed in convincing him to escape from himself?” Kostis Papagiorgis, Socrates – the lawgiver that kills …

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Homosexuality in the Platonic myth

This is a chapter from my book Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life Symposium, part four – Aristophanes’ encomium “To be perfect, you have to feel perfect about yourself – avoid trying to be something you’re not” Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero After the shallow and pseudoscientific speech by …

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The deceitful fascination of daydreaming love

This is a chapter from my book Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life Symposium, part three – Eryximachus’ encomium “A heart that loves stays young forever” Greek saying In Plato’s Symposium, one after one the symposiasts make a speech praising love. Pausanias (third in line) finishes his encomium having …

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Socrates against ancestor worship

This is a chapter from my book Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life “For that man is best prepared for life who makes all that concern his welfare depend upon himself…he it is that is temperate, he it is that is courageous and wise”247e-2488a Plato, Menexenus As absurd as …

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Socrates vs Protagoras – Can virtue be taught?

This is a chapter from my book Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life “If you are ignorant on what a sophist is, you don’t even know to whom you intend to deliver your soul”312c Plato, Protagoras In one of Plato’s most noted texts, Socrates meets Protagoras[1], with whom he disagrees …

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Socrates and the impasse of divine morality

This is a chapter from my book Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life “Not even on this should you believe god doubtlessly, but you should examine separately each of his phrases” Xenophon, Apology “One is the race of gods and men. From one mother we are born. Our only …

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Socrates on the opinion of others

This is a chapter from my book Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life “Of the opinions that men form, on others we must give importance, and on others not”46d Plato, Crito Crito visits Socrates in his cell where he awaits his execution, and in order to convince him to …

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