Without the Least Tremor: The Sacrifice of Socrates in Plato's Phaedo (SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

Without the Least Tremor: The Sacrifice of Socrates in Plato's Phaedo (SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

M. Ross Romero


In Without the Least Tremor, M. Ross Romero considers the loss of life of Socrates as a sacrificial act instead of an execution, and analyzes the results of such an realizing for the that means of the "Phaedo." Plato s recounting of Socrates s dying suits a number of the conventions of historical Greek sacrificial ritual.

Among those are the bathtub, the procession, Socrates s visual appeal as a bull, the libation, the delivering of a chicken to Asclepius, the remedy of Socrates s physique and corpse, and Phaedo s memorialization of Socrates. but in a strong second, Socrates s demise deviates from a sacrifice as he beverages the "pharmakon" with out the least tremor. constructing the topics of pain and knowledge as they connect with this scene, Romero demonstrates how the embodied Socrates is surroundings forth an "eikon" of the dying of the thinker.

Drawing on comparisons with tragedy and comedy, he argues that Socrates s dying is extra fittingly defined as self-sacrifice than purely an execution or suicide. After contemplating the consequences of those topics for the soul s immortality and its dating to the physique, the booklet concludes with an exploration of where of sacrifice inside of moral life."

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