Socrates and Self-knowledge. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. xvii + 275 pp. $99.99. isbn 9781107123304 (hbk).Just how seriously did Socrates take the Delphic injunction ‘γνῶθι σεαυτόν’? Some scholars have argued that it was of peripheral interest, serving perhaps as a first step in Socrates’ longer philosophical project regarding the knowledge of good and evil. With this book, Christopher Moore joins those interpreters who maintain that the Delphic injunction was actually of central importance to Socrates’ understanding of the goal of philosophical inquiry. But Moore does not simply fall in line with some other position that has been staked out in the literature. Instead, he defends a new and remarkably modern view of how Socrates understands the Delphic injunction and attempts to satisfy it. According to Moore, for Socrates self-knowledge is not a matter of knowing one’s limitations, or being modest, or even knowing into what ontological category the soul falls. Moore’s Socrates sees self-knowledge as an awareness of what is required to become a self, and what it is to be a self turns out to be a mature, responsible moral agent with unified desires and the right orientation toward moral understanding. If Moore is right, Socrates
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