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Politics And Purification In Socrates’ Second Defence (Phd. 63b–69e)

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This chapter traces the contrast between the philosopher involved in civic life and the philosopher pursuing the path of purification in Socrates' second defence speech. It begins with the question of the civic virtues. It suggests that while the 'civic virtues' in Olympiodorus and Damascius are primarily descriptive of a certain internal constitution within the soul, their significance reaches beyond that. The opposition between politics and purification is prominent in Olym-piodorus' exegesis of Phd. 68c5-69e5, where the subject of the nature of virtue is raised. The main conclusion in the chapter is that much of what Olympiodorus and Damascius have to say about the difference between the civic and the purificatory life, and the philosophers who engage in them, suggests that they pursue different ends.

Keywords: Damascius; Olympiodorus; Phaedo; Phd. 63b-69e; politics; purificatory life; Socrates



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