What Wittgenstein forgot to mention about Socrates

Hrachovec, Herbert (2011) What Wittgenstein forgot to mention about Socrates. In: Ungesellige Geselligkeiten/Unsocial Sociabilities. Wittgensteins Umgang mit anderen Denkern. Wittgenstein’s Sources. Parerga, Berlin, pp. 29-37.

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Scholars are more or less agreed upon some distinctive characteristics of the character named „Socrates“ in Plato’s early dialogues. This Athenian citizen does not mention the more elaborate doctrines of Plato’s later books and seems to be focussed on questions of ethics and conceptual clarification. It is likely that Plato’s literary creation, in these respects, more or less resembles the historical Socrates. Wittgenstein, on his part, does not distinguish between different roles assigned to the name „Socrates“ in Plato’s writings, but I will focus on the provocative, probing intellectual, questioning received wisdom in interchanges with citizens like Laches and Charmides. Platonic philosophy could never have developed without this person’s impact and I will claim that the Socratic strategy is quite similar to Wittgensteinian inquiries.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Institutionen > Institut für Philosophie, Wien
Depositing User: Sissi Kemp
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2016 12:00
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2016 08:13
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/2526

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