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Studies in Ancient Socratic Literature

edited by Livio Rossetti and Alessandro Stavru

luglio 2010, pp. 353, € 32,00

When Plato started writing dialogues, his elder companions enjoyed a far higher status than he did. Half a century later the superiority of his writings and his school was an undisputed fact. How to explain such an abrupt change? How did he become the most prominent of the Socratics? The answer to these questions lies in the context in which Plato's ideas developed, and eventually emerged after having engaged in a powerful philosophical struggle within the Socratic circle. A closer look at the Sokratikoi logoi is necessary to understand this process, for Plato superiority can be fully appreciated only if his antagonists are also acknowledged in their full philosophical  stature.

Re-thinking the relations between Plato and his companions from the holistic viewpoint of the Sokraticoi logoi has been the objective of the Socratica conferences which took place in Senigallia (2005) and Naples (2008). These successful events will hopefully be repeated in 2011, as a forum meant to be parallel to that of the Symposia Platonica.

This book is arising from the 2008 conference and encompasses contributions of A. Brancacci (Rome), G. Cornelli (Brasilia) and A.L. Chevitarese (Rio), L.-A. Dorion (Montréal), M. Erler (Würzburg), W.O. Kohan (Rio), A. Montano (Salerno), D. Morrison  (Houston), M. Narcy (Paris), L. Palumbo (Naples), D. Plácido (Madrid), G. Ranocchia (Rome), L. Rossetti (Perugia), A. Stavru (Naples). 



Indice: A. Stavru & L. Rossetti, Introduction – I-The first generation L. ROSSETTI, I Socratici "primi filosofi" e Socrate "primo filosofo"; N. NOTOMI, Socrates versus Sophists: Plato's Invention?; A. BRANCACCI, Sull'etica di Antistene; D.PLÁCIDO, Esquines de Esfeto: las contraddiciones del socratismo – II-Plato L.-A. DORION,  L'impossible autarcie du Socrate de Platon; W.O. KOHAN, Sócrates: La paradoja de enseñar y aprender; L. PALUMBO, Socrate e la conoscenza di sé: per una nuova lettura di Alc.I 133a-c; G. CORNELLI & A.L. CHEVITARESE, Socrate tra golpe oligarchico e restaurazione democratica (404-403 a.C.) – III-Xenophon D. MORRISON,  Xenophon'Socrates on Sophia and the Virtues; A. STAVRU, Essere e apparire in Xen. Mem. III 10.1-8; IV-Nachleben M. ERLER, La parrehēsia da Socrate a Epicuro; G. RANOCCHIA, Il ritratto di Socrate nel De superbia di Filodemo: PHerc. 1008, coll. 21-23; M. NARCY, Socrate et Euripide: Le point de vue de Diogène Laërce – In memoriam A. MONTANO, Ricordo di Mario Monturi – Notes on the Contributors


In copertina: Socrates. Detail from Pinturicchio, Allegory of the Hill of Knowledge. B. Santi, Il pavimento del Duomo di Siena, Firenze 1982

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