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The Cambridge Companion to Socrates (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)

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"This volume not only offers a coherent introduction to different aspects of Socrates for beginners in the field of study but also serves scholars who are experts in the field by discussing problems in major areas of Socratic research. Every essay is accessible, well informed, detailed, learned, and systematic in its presentation. The collection is a major achievement and will be an excellent tool for research. It will be read with profit by anyone who is interested in one of the most inspiring and influential figures of antiquity."
--Michael Erler, University of Wurzburg

"This volume is as authoritative as it is diverse. Donald Morrison is to be congratulated for having assembled a stellar group of contributors from a variety of fields and of scholarly backgrounds, who between them do justice to the 'contested territory' that is Socrates - all within the convenient limits of a quite compact volume."
--G. R. F. Ferrari, University of California, Berkeley

"Donald Morrison's volume brings together some of the best recent work on Socrates, representing a wide variety of approaches to this subject. It is a substantial contribution to Socratic studies and should prove to be an indispensable tool for further research."
--Richard Kraut, Northwestern University

"....Donald Morrison's
Companion to Socrates
provides a fine introduction to English language scholarship on Socrates.... uniformly high quality.... This is a good book, and is more manageable in scope and half as expensive as the rival Blackwell Companion to Socrates. 2 Donald Morrison deserves great credit for ably assembling an all-star team of contributors, and he includes a selective and well-organized bibliography and an index locorum.
--David M. Johnson, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale , Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"This book features 15 essays by famous scholars.... Recommended...."
--N. D. Smith, Lewis and Clark College, CHOICE

"Unlike many of its counterparts (e.g., A Companion to Socrates, Blackwell, 2006), this companion (CCS) devotes more of its contents to Socrates' philosophy and less to his historical and political circumstance and his many influences upon subsequent cultures. In this sense, the CCS is more a companion to philosophy than is its counterparts.... the articles in CCS are uniformly of a very high level of scholarship, and each is authored by leading scholars in Socratic thought or in ancient philosophy more generally. CCS will be of particular use to scholars seeking to acquire a greater proficiency in Socrates, as the majority of problems central to that scholarship each receive sustained attention. Seasoned Socratics, too, will find some original and controversial work here and should therefore not overlook it.... Each piece includes its own bibliography. When taken together, these constitute as thorough a bibliography as one could hope to find on Socrates.... A clear strength of this volume is its collection of essays concerning the fabled "Socratic Problem."... I know of no other volume that has devoted such an array of worthy studies to this complicated issue..."
--Philosophy in Review, Patrick Mooney, John Carroll University

Book Description

The Cambridge Companion to Socrates is a collection of essays providing a comprehensive guide to Socrates, the most famous Greek philosopher. The volume brings together a diverse group of experts in philology, philosophy, and history to consider Socrates and his legacy as both a literary figure and a historical person.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521541034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521541039
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Billie Pritchett on November 16, 2014
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The Cambridge Companion to Socrates is the best introduction to Socrates I have ever read. The chapters of the book are linked together well and have a clear progression. The first chapter begins with the so-called "Socratic problem," which involves trying to find the real Socrates in the historical literature, and the final chapter ends the book with Socrates' influence on the Greek philosophy that came after him.

My favorite chapter was Terry Penner's "Socratic Ethics and the Socratic Psychology of Action." It's a fine example of the quality of work in the book. It details Socrate' account of human behavior and shows that issues related to living the good life are integrally tied to what it means to be a human being, according to Socrates.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph January. on February 1, 2012
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An excellent review of Socratic argumentation and the Platonic dialogues with the commentary by the author that makes it an introductory course to Socrates in itself.
Very well written with provocative commentaries by contemporary scholars.
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