Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Augustine and Academic SkepticismA Philosophical Study$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Blake D. Dutton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452932

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452932.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 08 April 2020

Socrates, the Academics, and the Good Life

Socrates, the Academics, and the Good Life

(p.33) Chapter 2 Socrates, the Academics, and the Good Life
Augustine and Academic Skepticism

Blake D. Dutton

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the ideal of the good life that animated Socrates and the extent to which it can be said to have also animated the Academics. It begins with a passage from Apology in which Socrates, after having just been convicted of the charges leveled against him by Meletus, Anytus, and Lycon, entertains the possibility of exile as a punishment. It then considers why Socrates counted himself as having led a good life before discussing how the Academics engendered a great deal of animus as a consequence of their philosophical practice. It also explores the Socratic character of Academic skepticism and concludes by highlighting three differences between Socrates and his Academic heirs. First, the inquiry in which Socrates engaged was primarily ethical in focus. Second, Socrates's philosophical conversations were by and large conducted with nonphilosophers. Third, Socrates did not formulate any general arguments against the possibility of knowledge.

Keywords:   good life, Socrates, Academics, Apology, exile, Academic skepticism, knowledge

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.