The Sacrifice of Socrates, by Tyrrell, William Blake
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- ISBN: 9781611860542 | 1611860547
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 10/1/2012
When Athenians suffered the shame of having lost a war from their own greed and foolishness, around 404 BCE the public's blame was directed at Socrates, a man whose unique appearance and behavior, as well as his disapproval of the democracy, made him a ready target. Socrates was subsequently put on trial and sentenced to death. However, as René Girard has pointed out, no individual can be held responsible for a communal crisis. Plato's Apologydepicts Socrates as both the bane and the cure of Greek society, while his Critoshows a sacrificial Socrates, what some might consider a pharmakosfigure, the human drug through whom Plato can dispense his philosophical remedies. With tremendous insight and satisfying complexity, this book analyzes classical texts through the lens of Girard's mimetic mechanism.