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What would Socrates do? : self-examination, civic engagement, and the politics of philosophy / Joel Alden Schlosser, [Julian Steward Chair in the Social Sciences, Deep Springs College].

By: Schlosser, Joel Alden.
Call number: B317 S35 2017 Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017Description: xiv, 198 pages 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781107067424 (hardback) ; 9781107672260 (paperback)Subject(s): Socrates | Democracy | Political science -- PhilosophyDDC classification: 183/.2
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: Socrates in democratic times; 2. Beyond 'Socratic citizenship': transforming accountability; 3. Socrates in drag: love beyond the polis; 4. Fearless speech in democracy: radicalizing frank speaking; 5. Midwifing Athens: Socratic associations; 6. Socrates' atopia revisited; 7. Conclusion: what would Socrates do?.
Summary: "Socrates continues to be an extremely influential force to this day; his work is featured prominently in the work of contemporary thinkers ranging from Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss, to Michel Foucault and Jacques Rancière. Intervening in this discussion, What Would Socrates Do? reconstructs Socrates' philosophy in ancient Athens to show its promise of empowering citizens and non-citizens alike. By drawing them into collective practices of dialogue and reflection, philosophy can help people to become thinking, acting beings more capable of fully realizing the promises of political life. At the same time, however, Joel Alden Schlosser shows how these practices' commitment to interrogation keeps philosophy at a distance from the democratic status quo, creating a dissonance with conventional forms of politics that opens space for new forms of participation and critical contestation of extant ones"-- Provided by publisher.
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Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: Socrates in democratic times; 2. Beyond 'Socratic citizenship': transforming accountability; 3. Socrates in drag: love beyond the polis; 4. Fearless speech in democracy: radicalizing frank speaking; 5. Midwifing Athens: Socratic associations; 6. Socrates' atopia revisited; 7. Conclusion: what would Socrates do?.

"Socrates continues to be an extremely influential force to this day; his work is featured prominently in the work of contemporary thinkers ranging from Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss, to Michel Foucault and Jacques Rancière. Intervening in this discussion, What Would Socrates Do? reconstructs Socrates' philosophy in ancient Athens to show its promise of empowering citizens and non-citizens alike. By drawing them into collective practices of dialogue and reflection, philosophy can help people to become thinking, acting beings more capable of fully realizing the promises of political life. At the same time, however, Joel Alden Schlosser shows how these practices' commitment to interrogation keeps philosophy at a distance from the democratic status quo, creating a dissonance with conventional forms of politics that opens space for new forms of participation and critical contestation of extant ones"-- Provided by publisher.

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