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The Socratic Way of Life: Xenophon's "Memorabilia"

Thomas L. Pangle


This is the first book length study in English of the philosophic teaching of Xenophon's masterwork, showing the Memorabilia to be an essential, if deeply defensive, guide to understanding the Socratic way of life in its fulfillment of the virtue of justice. The shorter first part of the book analyzes Xenophon's highly ironic defense of Socrates against the charges of criminal injustice upon which he was convicted and executed (not believing in the city's gods, and corrupting the young). The longer second part analyzes Xenophon's more elaborately playful account of how Socrates as the citizen- ... More

Keywords: Socrates, Xenophon, Memorabila, justice, virtue, citizen-philosopher, statesman, political philosophy, courage, moderation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226516899
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226516929.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas L. Pangle, author
University of Texas at Austin