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Ancient Philosophy by Annas Julia;

Ancient Philosophy by Annas Julia;

Author:Annas, Julia;
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2000-08-14T16:00:00+00:00


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Differing views of Socrates

‘Mankind can hardly be too often reminded, that there was once a man named Socrates, between whom and the legal authorities and public opinion of his time there took place a memorable collision . . . This acknowledged master of all the eminent thinkers who have since lived – whose fame, still growing after more than two thousand years, all but outweighs the whole remainder of the names which make his native city illustrious – was put to death by his countrymen . . . Socrates was put to death, but the Socratic philosophy rose like the sun in heaven, and spread its illumination over the whole intellectual firmament.’

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

‘Socrates – that clown from Athens!’

Zeno of Sidon, Epicurean philosopher, second century BC

‘We shall ignore Chaerephon’s story about the oracle, since it is an utterly sophistical and cheap trick.’

‘Socrates, the arguments you worked out are bogus. The conversations you had with the people you met are one thing, and what you did was another.’

Colotes, early Epicurean philosopher, third century BC



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