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The Apology of Socrates: A Magnanimous Defense of Philosophy

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I argue that the portrait of Socrates presented in Plato's Apology of Socrates is closely followed by Aristotle in his discussion of magnanimity in Book IV of the Nicomachean Ethics.

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Fetter, James. "The Apology of Socrates: A Magnanimous Defense of Philosophy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the MPSA Annual National Conference, Palmer House Hotel, Hilton, Chicago, IL, Apr 03, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p267132_index.html>

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Fetter, J. , 2008-04-03 "The Apology of Socrates: A Magnanimous Defense of Philosophy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the MPSA Annual National Conference, Palmer House Hotel, Hilton, Chicago, IL Online <PDF>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p267132_index.html

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Abstract: I argue that the portrait of Socrates presented in Plato's Apology of Socrates is closely followed by Aristotle in his discussion of magnanimity in Book IV of the Nicomachean Ethics.

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Plato’s Apology of Socrates: A Magnanimous Defense of Philosophy James Fetter For Presentation at the 2008 Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association 1 Plato’s Apology of Socrates more so than any of his other Socratic dialogues provides a portrait of Socrates the man in addition to an exposition and examination of Socrates’ ideas.1 In the Apology Socrates as much as chooses to be put to death by the Athenian democracy and in so doing ensures that Athens will
his own views of such actions on his provisional understanding of virtue that arises from a radical and constant questioning of common opinion. In light of this dependence on the opinions of others the magnanimous man cannot achieve the self-sufficiency he craves while Socrates can and does achieve the limited form of self-sufficiency available to an embodied human being. By so closely modeling his magnanimous man on the vivid portrait of Socrates in the Apology Aristotle underscores the few


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