The Relay Race of Virtue

The Relay Race of Virtue
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Publisher : State University of New York Press
Total Pages : 487
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ISBN-10 : 9781438490939
ISBN-13 : 1438490933
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Download or read book The Relay Race of Virtue written by William H. F. Altman and published by State University of New York Press. This book was released on 2022-11-01 with total page 487 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The ancient view that Plato and Xenophon were rivals at least had the merit of allowing them to respond to each other; in modern times, the view that Plato wrote first eliminates the possibility of an exchange between the only two Socratics whose writings are preserved intact. Challenging the chronological assumptions on which Plato's across-the-board priority currently rests, the purpose of The Relay Race of Virtue is to show that Plato and Xenophon were responding to each other and that we can gain a greater appreciation for both by recognizing the back-and-forth nature of their friendly dialogue. Instead of regarding Xenophon as Plato's inept copyist, William H. F. Altman presents him as first blazing the trail for his fellow Socratic and then learning from Plato in return. By emphasizing "Plato's Debts to Xenophon," Altman is charitable to both, justifying Socrates' belief (Memorabilia 1.2.8) "that those of his companions who adopted his principles of conduct would throughout life be good friends to him and to each other."


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