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Socrates Mystagogos
Initiation into inquiry





ISBN 9780367595869
Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
200 Pages

 
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Book Description

For Socrates, philosophy is not like Christian conversion from error to truth, but rather it is like the pagan process whereby a young man is initiated into cult mysteries by a more experienced man - the mystagogos - who prepares him and leads him to the sacred precinct. In Greek cult religion, the mystagogos prepared the initiate for the esoteric mysteries revealed by the hierophant. Socrates treats traditional wisdom with scepticism, and this makes him appear ridiculous or dangerous in the eyes of cultural conservatives. Nevertheless, his scepticism is not radical: custom is not something on which we must turn our backs if we are to pursue the truth. Socrates assumes an epistemology and employs a method by which he induces his companions to begin the critical and self-critical process of philosophical inquiry, not ignoring conventional wisdom, but thinking through and reinterpreting it as they make constructive progress towards the truth. He provides conclusive and convincing arguments in support of controversial answers to some of the most important moral questions he poses.

Table of Contents

Preface



Introduction



Chapter 1: Socratic Skepticism



Introduction



Section 1: Subversive and Unversive Transgression in Comedy



Section 2: Unversive Transgression in Greek Cult Festivals



Section 3: Aristophanic Conservatism, Socratic Liberalism



Section 4: The Causality of Humor



Section 5: Introducing Socrates Mystagogos



Conclusion



Chapter 2: Socratic Epistemology



Introduction



Section 1: "The Socratic Fallacy" Refuted



Section 2: "The Socratic Fallacy" Revived



Section 3: Socratic Dogmatism



Section 4: Socratic Refutation



Section 5: Socratic "Folk Epistemology"



Section 6: Refutation, Induction, and the Use of Examples



Section 7: "The Socratic Fallacy," Again



Conclusion



Chapter 3: Socratic Method



Introduction



Section 1: "The Problem" of the Socratic Method



Section 2: Why Socrates’ Refutations are Reasonable



Section 3: Interpretive Misconceptions



Section 4: What Guarantee does Socrates have that he is right?



Conclusion



Chapter 4: Socratic Piety



Introduction



Section 1: Socrates the Anti-Authoritarian?



Section 2: Two Theories of Civil Disobedience



Section 3: Politico-Epistemic Humility in the Apology



Section 4: Politico-Epistemic Humility in the Crito



Conclusion



Conclusion



Section 1: Socrates Mystagogos



Section 2: Socrates and Martin Luther King



List of References



General Index



Index Locorum

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Biography

Don Adams received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College and from there went directly to Cornell University, where he studied with Terence Irwin, Gail Fine, and Norman Kretzmann. His Ph.D. dissertation was a comparative study of love and friendship in the moral theories of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas. He has taught logic and the history of European philosophy - especially ancient Greek philosophy - at about half a dozen colleges and universities across the United States. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at Central Connecticut State University.