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I reviewed Emily Wilson's interesting book The Death of Socrates some time ago here. For a different take on the same book, see Carlin Romano's 'Socrates in the 21st Century' (yet another good link from the wonderful Arts and Letters Daily).
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Romano's review of the Socrates' books is indeed different, she championing Isocrates in a scarcely concealed dislike of Plato and his dominance. She likens Isocrates to an Athenian John Dewey but I think she overstates her case. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy does not even have an entry for Isocrates - he generally being regarded as important for his historical witness rather than insight. As the Encyclopedia Britannica puts it: 'Isocrates, however, was a man of no great intellectual power, and it is not surprising to find him contemptuous of the philosophical subtleties of the Platonic circle.'
Mark Vernon |
February 19, 2008 at 12:38 PM
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