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What are some books/work that I can read about Socrates?

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- Fri, 15 May 2020 05:09:48 EST UcZcOgV6 No.210100
File: 1589533788557.jpg -(41782B / 40.80KB, 500x349) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. What are some books/work that I can read about Socrates?
I know plato and aristotle wrote lots about him, but where should I start?
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Hedda Grandworth - Thu, 21 May 2020 14:36:50 EST UcZcOgV6 No.210126 Reply
>>210107
I suppose I'll start with the apology, I don't know why it's even called the apology when it was clear he wasn't apologetic.
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Wesley Seblingshit - Fri, 29 May 2020 13:00:54 EST lHZUQ9Rd No.210142 Reply
>>210100
There is really no wrong place to start aside from those of the period that wrote about him. Xenophon and Plato are going to be where one starts I suppose. There's really no wrong order to read the texts in per se but if you wish to get a sense of Socrates the man as well as the philosopher I would suggest looking into his personal history, his relationship with the thirty tyrants for instance and its impact on him etc.


>>210126
Apologetics are more associated with the defense of something. Not literally being remorseful or, more broadly, "sorry" about something.
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Archie Sunnerwater - Sat, 30 May 2020 13:25:25 EST T6S+/CNJ No.210143 Reply
>>210126
Look into the etymology and the clear relation of the word Apology with Apollo.
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Emma Hurrydock - Wed, 10 Jun 2020 12:50:13 EST Agzxsfmm No.210157 Reply
>>210143
is there absolute truth in some one who never wrote on a pad with a pen.
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Cornelius Funkinbuck - Mon, 20 Jul 2020 02:57:36 EST DjpVXflu No.210243 Reply
The wikipedia article on him is pretty good
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Samuel Fonkinham - Wed, 22 Jul 2020 17:37:49 EST JyDTI0YA No.210251 Reply
Nothing written by Socrates directly survives to the present day beyond a quote about dancing. Plato and Xenophon are the main primary sources of Socrates' life and both had various biases that colored their perspective. Of the two, however, Xenophon is considered more reliable. Aristotle was not contemporaneous with Socrates and was taught by Plato as a youth, so his writings on Socrates share the same issue as Plato's writings, amplified by the fact that he never actually met the man himself.
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Caroline Shittingshaw - Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:01:06 EST n9leFrZZ No.210263 Reply
>>210251
What is the point of plato's dialouges? is it just to show what kind of person socrates was or are we supposed to learn something?
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Simon Bemmleford - Wed, 29 Jul 2020 13:27:26 EST fGHDtkRk No.210264 Reply
>>210263
It's to show how smart they both are for being annoying tedious wads
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Priscilla Drizzlewell - Fri, 31 Jul 2020 08:53:14 EST fGHDtkRk No.210267 Reply
>>210265
you could learn from anything, it's up to the individual what they get out of any meaningful information, and there's far more in a text than just what it says
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Edwin Shittinggold - Mon, 03 Aug 2020 06:29:27 EST UcZcOgV6 No.210270 Reply
>>210267
It just feels like I'm reading a history book about some guy who got executed for asking so many questions.

He does seem to share alot of his own ideas, like not all opinions are equal and we listen to only a few of them.

I've always been told "all Socrates did was ask the right questions." But he actually had his own arguments.
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Rebecca Dappergold - Mon, 03 Aug 2020 23:25:36 EST fGHDtkRk No.210273 Reply
>>210270
I mean any way you slice it a guy getting executed for being an insufferable pedant is pretty funny
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Shitting Bollerford - Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:32:29 EST JyDTI0YA No.210275 Reply
>>210270
Socrates was executed because he had strong connections to the Thirty Tyrants Sparta installed to rule over Athens in the aftermath of the Peloponnesian War.

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