The Sacrifice of Socrates

The Sacrifice of Socrates

Athens, Plato, Girard

eBook - 2012
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When Athenians suffered the shame of having lost a war from their own greed and foolishness, around 404 BCE the public’s blame was directed at Socrates, a man whose unique appearance and behavior, as well as his disapproval of the democracy, made him a ready target. Socrates was subsequently put on trial and sentenced to death. However, as René Girard has pointed out, no individual can be held responsible for a communal crisis. Plato’s Apology depicts Socrates as both the bane and the cure of Greek society, while his Crito shows a sacrificial Socrates, what some might consider a pharmakos figure, the human drug through whom Plato can dispense his philosophical remedies. With tremendous insight and satisfying complexity, this book analyzes classical texts through the lens of Girard’s mimetic mechanism.



Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781609173388
1609173384
9781628951264
1628951265
9781628961263
1628961260
9781611860542
1611860547
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 189 pages)

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