Socrates’s Desire to Die: On Xenophon’s Apology

Xenophon's Memorabilia ("recollections") is his public defense of Socrates, but the title is notably silent about whether or not the recollections are exclusively of Socrates. The text is, instead, rife with the recollections by Xenophon on the Socratic, and therefore, the philosophic life. As an alternative, his shorter Socratic writing, the Apology of Socrates, is clear about who … Continue reading Socrates’s Desire to Die: On Xenophon’s Apology

Plato’s Republic, Book X: The Poets and the Myth of Er

The final book of Plato's Republic begins with Socrates returning to the question of banishing the poets that was first addressed in Book III. Book X is perhaps the most vexing and troubling book in the Republic. Book X serves as a kind of epilogue, an afterward to the main text. The question of justice … Continue reading Plato’s Republic, Book X: The Poets and the Myth of Er