The Sacrifice of Socrates: Athens, Plato, and Girard

Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture
Narrated by: Bob Neufeld
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: History, Ancient
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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 Apology depicts Socrates as both the bane and the cure of Greek society while his Crito shows a sacrificial Socrates, what some might consider a pharmakos figure, the human drug through whom Plato can dispense his philosophical remedies. 

With tremendous insight and satisfying complexity, this audiobook analyzes classical texts through the lens of Girard's mimetic mechanism.

©2012 Wm. Blake Tyrrell (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

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