By Peter Warnek
Because the visual appeal of Plato's Dialogues, philosophers were preoccupied with the id of Socrates and feature maintained that profitable interpretation of the paintings hinges upon a transparent figuring out of what recommendations and principles could be attributed to him. In Descent of Socrates, Peter Warnek deals a brand new interpretation of Plato by way of contemplating the looks of Socrates inside Plato's paintings as a philosophical query. Warnek reads the Dialogues as an inquiry into the nature of Socrates and in doing so opens up the connection among humankind and the wildlife. the following, Socrates looks as a demonic and tragic determine whose obsession with the duty of self-knowledge transforms the background of philosophy. In this uncompromising paintings, Warnek finds the significance of the concept that of nature in the Platonic Dialogues in gentle of Socratic perform and the traditional principles that motivate modern philosophy.
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But is this fact not rendered harmless, and perhaps even irrelevant, once the dialogues are designated as ﬁctions? Do we understand what this designation entails? The difﬁculty here in one sense concerns simply what is at stake in this name, “Socrates,” as it appears as the same name throughout Plato’s text. ” But once it is acknowledged that such a work is no longer simply a ﬁction—that it is already straining, even to the point of collapse, the strict opposition between the true and ﬁctive, the literal and ﬁgurative—we are at a loss as to how to proceed.
This strange ﬁgure is thus a ﬁgure of transgression, but only because his transgressive ‘rvq—enacted as a philosophical practice— becomes the utter conﬁrmation of a limit. Socratic practice neither rejects nor accepts this limit, as the conﬁrmation of a human nature, but rather through him the relation to the limit undergoes a doubling. In this way, however, the status of Platonic authority also undergoes a transformation in encountering the strangeness of Socrates. This transformation or subversion of the authority of Platonism, considered formally, takes place through the unleashing of a basic hermeneutic principle: the text should not be protected from what it makes manifest in the course of its movement; what shows itself—in its way of showing itself—should be allowed to bear upon the assumptions that would be brought to the text.
19 In what sense do they belong to him? Because access to Socrates is already thoroughly conﬁgured by one’s interpretive approach to Plato, it is all the more necessary to assess what I have just articulated as the double movement of tradition—as a generosity that harbors loss, as a transmission that succeeds only by betraying itself, as an appearing that appears only in a prior concealment—precisely as this double movement establishes and is established by the “community” of Socrates and Plato, their friendship or ﬁliation.