What Would Socrates Do?: Self-Examination, Civic Engagement, and the Politics of Philosophy

What Would Socrates Do?: Self-Examination, Civic Engagement, and the Politics of Philosophy

Joel Alden Schlosser


Socrates is still an incredibly influential strength to this present day; his paintings is featured prominently within the paintings of latest thinkers starting from Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss, to Michel Foucault and Jacques Rancière. Intervening during this dialogue, What could Socrates Do? reconstructs Socrates' philosophy in old Athens to teach its promise of empowering voters and non-citizens alike. through drawing them into collective practices of debate and mirrored image, philosophy might help humans to develop into pondering, appearing beings extra in a position to absolutely knowing the guarantees of political existence. while, despite the fact that, Joel Alden Schlosser exhibits how those practices' dedication to interrogation retains philosophy at a distance from the democratic established order, making a dissonance with traditional types of politics that opens area for brand new kinds of participation and important contestation of extant ones.

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