Socrates Mystagogos Hardback

Initiation into Inquiry

by Don Adams;


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Socrates Mystagogos

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For Socrates, philosophy is not like Christian conversion from error to truth, but rather it is like the pagan process whereby a young man is initiated into cult mysteries by a more experienced man - the mystagogos - who prepares him and leads him to the sacred precinct. In Greek cult religion, the mystagogos prepared the initiate for the esoteric mysteries revealed by the hierophant. Socrates treats traditional wisdom with scepticism, and this makes him appear ridiculous or dangerous in the eyes of cultural conservatives. Nevertheless, his scepticism is not radical: custom is not something on which we must turn our backs if we are to pursue the truth. Socrates assumes an epistemology and employs a method by which he induces his companions to begin the critical and self-critical process of philosophical inquiry, not ignoring conventional wisdom, but thinking through and reinterpreting it as they make constructive progress towards the truth. He provides conclusive and convincing arguments in support of controversial answers to some of the most important moral questions he poses.

Socrates Mystagogos by Don Adams was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in November 2016. The ISBN for Socrates Mystagogos is 9781472484833.

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Page last updated 9th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (November 2016)
Weight458g
Number of Pages200
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781472484833
ISBN-101472484835
Product Code4493510
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