The Religion of Socrates
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996 - 353 sivua
This study argues that to understand Socrates we must uncover and analyze his religious views, since his philosophical and religious views are part of one seamless whole. Mark McPherran provides a close analysis of the relevant Socratic texts, an analysis that yields a comprehensive and original account of Socrates' commitments to religion (e.g., the nature of the gods, the immortality of the soul).
McPherran finds that Socrates was not only a rational philosopher of the first rank, but a figure with a profoundly religious nature as well, believing in the existence of gods vastly superior to ourselves in power and wisdom and sharing other traditional religious commitments with his contemporaries. However, Socrates was just as much a sensitive critic and rational reformer of both the religious tradition he inherited and the new cultic incursions he encountered. McPherran contends that Socrates saw his religious commitments as integral to his philosophical mission of moral examination and, in turn, used the rationally derived convictions underlying that mission to reshape the religious conventions of his time. As a result, Socrates made important contributions to the rational reformation of Greek religion, contributions that incited and informed the theology of his brilliant pupil, Plato.
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a most important Athenian religious official.20 On my view, Euthyphro is a
strange sort of Homeric sectarian21 whose primary literary function is to serve as
a religiously hubristic patient for Socrates' therapeutic elenchos (but see n. 23).
But at this point (8b), as we saw above, Euthyphro is able to counter with the
suggestion that the gods are at least all in agreement that unjust killers must pay
the penalty for their injustice. However, it quickly becomes clear that Euthyphro is
This interpretation of the principle evoked in text E is also suggested by the
parallel Plato must intend for us to draw between the case of Euthy- phro's father
and Socrates (cf. Chapter 2.1): Socrates is also elderly (Em. 3a2- 4), and "goes to
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