456 Review Articles / Research in Phenomenology 37 (2007) 443–463 Socratic Phusis and Socratic Praxis Peter Warnek. Descent of Socrates: Self-Knowledge and Cryptic Nature in the Platonic Dialogues . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. 228 pp. Index. In Descent of Socrates: Self-Knowledge and Cryptic Nature in the Platonic Dia- logues , Peter Warnek oﬀers a compelling challenge to the traditional character- ization of Socratic practice as a turn away from nature. His critical engagement with one of the most entrenched portrayals of Socrates’ service to the history of philosophy stems from a serious reﬂection on the question of what it means to attribute to philosophy a history. Indeed, according to Warnek, to confront the question of Socrates is to confront “the uniquely historical dimension of think- ing itself ” (5). Doing so requires that one address the question of Socrates’ role in the history of philosophy in a manner that does justice to the enigmatic status of this ﬁgure as an origin of philosophical thought. Th is, in turn, requires that one take seriously Socrates’ characterization of his pursuit of self-knowledge as an inquiry into his own nature, that is, as an engagement with φύσις . Th us,
Research in Phenomenology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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