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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Finally, Socrates is convinced that his philosophical mission is divinely
sanctioned and of supreme moral worth ... god wishes him to perform, that not
even a sure threat of death could persuade him to abandon that mission (Ap.
Rather, he could respond by claiming that Socrates cannot consistently affirm the
previous general principle A, his frequent claims of moral ignorance, and
nonetheless assert with confidence that his religious mission to the Athenians is
a great ...
29 mission of Socrates, religious nature of. See Socrates, mission Mitsis, P. T., 3
n. 5, 274 n. 90 Moline, J., 297 n. 152 Momigliano, A., 15 n. 36, 29 n. 1, 143 n. 174,
170 n. 246 Montuori, M., 1 n. 2, 4 nn. 9 and 10, 5 n. 12,211 n. 79, 217 n.
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