Wittgenstein, Plato, and the Historical Socrates

Rowe, Mark (2007) Wittgenstein, Plato, and the Historical Socrates. Philosophy, 82 (1). pp. 45-85. ISSN 1469-817X

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Abstract

This essay examines the profound affinities between Wittgenstein and the historical Socrates. The first five sections argue that similarities between their personalities and circumstances can explain a comparable pattern of philosophical development. The next nine show that many apparently chance similarities between the two men's lives and receptions can be explained by their shared conceptions of philosophical method. The last three sections consider the difficulty of practising this method through writing, and examine the solutions which Plato and Wittgenstein adopted.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:57
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2023 11:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9694
DOI: 10.1017/S0031819107319037

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