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By Alexander Nehamas

for far of its background, philosophy used to be now not only a theoretical self-discipline yet a life-style, an "art of living." This sensible element of philosophy has been less dominant in modernity than it used to be in historic Greece and Rome, whilst philosophers of all stripes saved returning to Socrates as a version for dwelling. the assumption of philosophy as an paintings of dwelling has survived within the works of such significant sleek authors as Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault. every one of those writers has used philosophical dialogue as a way of building what someone is and the way a invaluable lifestyles is to be lived. during this wide-ranging, brilliantly written account, Alexander Nehamas presents an incisive reevaluation of Socrates' position within the Western philosophical culture and indicates the significance of Socrates for Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault.

Why does every one of those philosophers—each essentially fascinated by his personal originality—return to Socrates as a version? the reply lies within the irony that characterizes the Socrates we all know from the Platonic dialogues. Socratic irony creates a masks that stops a view of what lies in the back of. How Socrates led the lifestyles he did, what enabled or encouraged him, is rarely made obvious. No tenets are proposed. Socrates is still a silent and ambiguous personality, forcing readers to come back to their very own conclusions concerning the artwork of existence. This, Nehamas indicates, is what allowed Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault to come to Socrates as a version with out thereby compelling them to mimic him.

This hugely readable, erudite research argues for the significance of the culture inside Western philosophy that's top defined as "the paintings of dwelling" and casts Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault because the 3 significant glossy representatives of this practice. packed with unique principles and tough institutions, this paintings will provide new methods of wondering the philosophers Nehamas discusses and in regards to the self-discipline of philosophy itself.

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