By Peter Warnek
Since the looks of Plato’s Dialogues, philosophers were preoccupied with the id of Socrates and feature maintained that winning interpretation of the paintings hinges upon a transparent knowing of what ideas and concepts may be attributed to him. In Descent of Socrates, Peter Warnek deals a brand new interpretation of Plato via contemplating the looks of Socrates inside of Plato’s paintings as a philosophical query. Warnek reads the Dialogues as an inquiry into the character of Socrates and in doing so opens up the connection among humankind and the flora and fauna. the following, Socrates seems to be as a demonic and tragic determine whose obsession with the duty of self-knowledge transforms the heritage of philosophy. during this uncompromising paintings, Warnek unearths the significance of the concept that of nature within the Platonic Dialogues in mild of Socratic perform and the traditional rules that motivate modern philosophy.
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It is clear that the interpretation that proceeds in this way, as it takes the distinction between truth and ﬁction for granted, must also close itself off to the prior philosophical question that concerns Plato’s relation to his own thinking, his own self-relation. And, in fact, it is also clear that this foreclosure takes place in a way that is at odds with the text, since it simply bypasses the difﬁculty of this question as it is actually raised and sustained in the text. What is called for here, then, is a reading that would be able to hold in abeyance our sense of our ownership of the words that we write, read, speak, and hear, which is to say, our sense of the origin of the words themselves, and the way in which what is at issue in words becomes manifest through them.
52 But an imitation, it seems, will always be an imitation of something. And to the extent that the imitation is to become explicit precisely as an imitation, it still must hold this indicative or referential moment that points beyond itself. The question for a reading that takes this mimetic character of the Platonic text as its starting point thus becomes: how does this excess and its supposed priority show itself and hide itself precisely in the imitation? And, more importantly, how can it show itself as hiding itself?
This is precluded, however, as long as the interpretation to be interrogated and interrupted remains 28 Socrates and the Retreat of Nature 29 oblivious to the way in which the text it submits to interpretation has already inﬁltrated and anticipated the assumptions it would bring to the text. With certain attendant risks, therefore, a preliminary formulation of the traditional interpretation of Socrates can and must be offered, so that it might serve as a guide for this inquiry and open up its topic.
Descent of Socrates : self-knowledge and cryptic nature in the Platonic dialogues by Peter Warnek