Marilena Vlad
Institute for Philosophy "Alexandru Dragomir"
This paper focuses on Socrates’ intention of examining the Delphic oracle that concerns him. I argue that Socrates does not start out by refuting an apparent meaning of the oracle, as it has been suggested, but rather reacts to the perplexing posture in which the divine message places him. In this sense, the message—which becomes a lifetime mission for Socrates—has a performative sense, even though it does not have an explicit, prescriptive form. I try to show that Socrates’ philosophical life can be understood as a constant attempt to examine, as well as to prove the oracle, and that Socrates’ defense is a final examination and proof of the oracle.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/18725473-bja10006
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,290
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Socrates’ Response to the Divine in Plato’s Apology.Emma Cohen de Lara - 2007 - Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 24 (2):193-202.
The Coherence of Socrates’s Mission.Jeremy Bell - 2016 - International Philosophical Quarterly 56 (3):297-314.
Platon Und Das Sokratische Pragma.Martin F. Meyer - 2004 - Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 9 (1):1-21.
Platon und das Sokratische Pragma.Martin Meyer - 2004 - Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 9:1-21.
The Unexamined Life and Surface Pleasures.John J. Stuhr - 2016 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 30 (2):163-174.
Colloquium 5 Socrates on Socrates: Looking Back to Bring Philosophy Forward.Anne-Marie Schultz - 2015 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 30 (1):123-141.
The Delphic Oracle on Socrates' Wisdom: A Myth?Louis-André Dorion - 2012 - In Catherine Collobert, Pierre Destrée & Francisco J. Gonzalez (eds.), Plato and Myth: Studies on the Use and Status of Platonic Myths. Brill.


Added to PP index

Total views
18 ( #611,045 of 2,519,267 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #407,861 of 2,519,267 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes