By M. Ross Romero
In Without the Least Tremor, M. Ross Romero considers the demise of Socrates as a sacrificial act instead of an execution, and analyzes the consequences of such an realizing for the that means of the Phaedo. Plato’s recounting of Socrates’s loss of life suits a few of the conventions of historical Greek sacrificial ritual. between those are the bathtub, the procession, Socrates’s visual appeal as a bull, the libation, the delivering of a chicken to Asclepius, the remedy of Socrates’s physique and corpse, and Phaedo’s memorialization of Socrates. but in a strong second, Socrates’s demise deviates from a sacrifice as he beverages the pharmakon “without the least tremor.” constructing the topics of pain and knowledge as they hook up with this scene, Romero demonstrates how the embodied Socrates is atmosphere forth an eikôn of the dying of the thinker. Drawing on comparisons with tragedy and comedy, he argues that Socrates’s loss of life is extra fittingly defined as self-sacrifice than simply an execution or suicide. After contemplating the results of those issues for the soul’s immortality and its courting to the physique, the ebook concludes with an exploration of where of sacrifice inside of moral life.
M. Ross Romero, SJ is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Creighton University.
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