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- DescriptionThe Socratic Turn addresses the question of whether we can acquire genuine kwledge of good and evil, right and wrong. Reputedly, Socrates was the first philosopher to make the attempt. But Socrates was a materialistic natural scientist in his youth, and it was only much later in life-after he had rejected materialistic natural science-that he finally turned, around the age of forty, to the examination of ordinary moral and political opinions, or to moral-political philosophy so understood. Through a consideration of Plato's account of Socrates' intellectual development, and with a view to relevant works of the pre-Socratics, Xephon, Aristotle, Hesiod, Homer, and Aristophanes, Dustin Sebell reproduces the course of thought that carried Socrates from materialistic natural science to moral-political philosophy. By doing so, he seeks to recover an all but forgotten approach to the question of justice, one still worthy of being called scientific.
- Author BiographyDustin Sebell is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University.
- Author(s)Dustin Sebell
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication19/11/2015
- SubjectPolitics & Government: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleHaney Foundation Series
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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