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Socrates Founding Political Philosophy in Xenophon's "Economist", "Symposium", and "Apology"

Thomas L. Pangle


In a famous pronouncement, Cicero observes that prior to Socrates, philosophic science “dealt with number and motion, and that from which all things originate and into which they return, and studied the size, distance between, and course of stars and of all celestial things”: it was Socrates who “was the first to call philosophy down from heaven and to set it in cities and to introduce it into the household and to compel it to inquire into life and mores and good and bad things.” Cicero follows above all the eyewitness presentation of Socrates by Xenophon, whose Socratic dialogue The Economist ... More

Keywords: Xenophon, Socrates, Political Philosophy, Plato, Symposium, Apology, Oeconomicus, Critobulus, Memorabilia, economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226642475
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226642505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas L. Pangle, author
University of Texas at Austin