A collection of Socratic studies book recommendations by this site's author.
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I have used this collection of the Dialogues of Plato for thirty years. I bought my first copy of this book for 25 cents at a library book sale. Translations by Benjamin Jowett. A detailed guide to structuring Socratic experiences in the classroom to facilitate enriched student engagement and critical and creative thinking.
A collection of essays that creates a novel intersection between observations about the structure of inquiry, game-theoretical semantics, and epistemic logic. His idea of replacing the concept of knowledge with the concept of information is a fundamentally important refinement of epistemology. The author explores the nature of perplexity, seeing it as the beginning of philosophy. Although he stops short of analyzing the structure of perplexity, the book is a good springboard for the reader's own contemplation of the importance of perplexity to philosophy and human knowing. Some knowledge of Plato is useful in reading this book.
The author presents Socrates as a moral reformer who provides us with a glimpse of a life devoted to seeking truth, yet who's ideal of inquiry may be beyond human capability. A collection of essays by philosophers and classicists of divergent perspectives and methods addresses the question and nature of Socrates' method. The diversity of views in this book makes for a good read on such a fundamental issue.
This is an excellent, well written book, a must read from one of the better scholars in classical Greek philosophy. He provides a very thoughtful discussion of Socratic Irony, the problem of the historical Socrates, changes in his method through Plato, and more. Even if you disagree with Vlastos, you owe it to your mind to be interacting with Vlastos. A very useful study on the early dialogues of Plato with excellent breakdowns of how definitions fail, extensive lists of Socrates' questions and assumptions, detailed logical analysis of arguments, glossary of logical notations, and more. It is the most detailed and structurally useful analysis of the Socratic Method I have ever read.
A well written argument for a style of the modestly alienated dissident citizenship lived by Socrates in which loyalty to seeking truth and living by the light of our conscience takes precedence over blind attachment to ideologies and peer groups. Two authors, with a lot of experience in schools, integrate theory and practice with this book on the cultivation of the enquiring mind.