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Calling Philosophers Names

From Plato to the Digital Age

; Scott Soames

An original and provocative book that illuminates the origins of philosophy in ancient Greece by revealing the surprising early meanings of the word "e;philosopher"e;Calling Philosophers Names provides a groundbreaking account of the origins of the term philosophos or "e;philosopher"e; in ancient Greece. Les mer
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An original and provocative book that illuminates the origins of philosophy in ancient Greece by revealing the surprising early meanings of the word "e;philosopher"e;Calling Philosophers Names provides a groundbreaking account of the origins of the term philosophos or "e;philosopher"e; in ancient Greece. Tracing the evolution of the word's meaning over its first two centuries, Christopher Moore shows how it first referred to aspiring political sages and advice-givers, then to avid conversationalists about virtue, and finally to investigators who focused on the scope and conditions of those conversations. Questioning the familiar view that philosophers from the beginning "e;loved wisdom"e; or merely "e;cultivated their intellect,"e; Moore shows that they were instead mocked as laughably unrealistic for thinking that their incessant talking and study would earn them social status or political and moral authority.Taking a new approach to the history of early Greek philosophy, Calling Philosophers Names seeks to understand who were called philosophoi or "e;philosophers"e; and why, and how the use of and reflections on the word contributed to the rise of a discipline. Drawing on a wide range of evidence, the book demonstrates that a word that began in part as a wry reference to a far-flung political bloc came, hardly a century later, to mean a life of determined self-improvement based on research, reflection, and deliberation. Early philosophy dedicated itself to justifying its own dubious-seeming enterprise. And this original impulse to seek legitimacy holds novel implications for understanding the history of the discipline and its influence.

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