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How Socrates Became Socrates: A Study of Plato's "Phaedo," "Parmenides," and "Symposium"

Laurence Lampert


This second Plato book of mine treats the three dialogues, Phaedo, Parmenides, and Symposium, in which Plato showed how a young Socrates became the mature philosopher of all the dialogues. Plato structured these three dialogues to contain events of recovery: each reaches back from a later time to an earlier time in order to recover a stage in Socrates’ becoming, all three stages occurring before what Plato made the chronologically first dialogue, the Protagoras, which he set in 434 when Socrates was 35. Of the three stages that Plato isolated, Socrates himself reports how he began with natural ... More

Keywords: art of writing, epistemology, eros, immortality, Socrates, Plato, Nietzsche, soul, politics, history of philosophy

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226746333
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226746470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurence Lampert, author
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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