Friday, April 07, 2006


My latest book, a fictional Socrates' Prison Journal, has just been published (Print On Demand) by

I reproduce below the brief Preface:

The idea of this little book had been luring me for decades. I kept putting it off because I did not feel sure about where to draw the line between representing Socrates' thought and presenting my own. After having published Let Us Philosophize (1998) and Plato: An Interpretation (2005), as well as numerous articles, where I gave my reading of Socrates/Plato, I felt I could give myself free rein without worrying about fencing apart what might be read into Socrates/Plato and what is an accretion, provided always that the accretion be harmonious, in the writer's judgement, with the rest.
Beside the basic fiction of the prison journal, I have, from the start and throughout, introduced anachronistic citations, fictional situations, dreams and divine intimations, to emphasize the non-historic intent of this work. Nontheless, I maintain that my reading is truer to the genuine spirit of the Socratic-Platonic philosophy than much that goes as scholarly and erudite analysis and exposition.
I am aware that there is much reiteration in the following pages. I go back again and again to the same subject and repeat again and again the same thoughts in various forms of expression. I feel that this is necessary, since one of my main concerns in this as in my other writings is to correct what I see as grave misunderstandings and distortions that have become firmly established within mainstream philosophical thought; I am also trying to introduce and clarify concepts and views which I claim to be original and important. Both these tasks call for and justify much reiteration and much insistence.
The notes appended to the journal are of a dual nature. The biographical and historical notes are for the the benefit of the lay reader or the novice. These notes, when not drawn directly from the dialogues of Plato, are derived from sources that are readily accessible. With respect to these, I claim no originality and make no pretence of erudition. They are bits of common knowledge which I collect here simply for convenience. In the remaining notes I expand somewhat, for the purpose of clarification or emphasis, on certain ideas and views presented in the journal.
Following the notes I have reproduced in an Appendix an article which first appeared in Philosophy Pathways Issue 69, 19 October, 2003, in which I summarized a brilliant paper by Professor Enid Bloch on Plato's description of Socrates' last moments. Professor Bloch's paper deserves to be widely known as it corrects a mistaken objection to Plato's immortal portrayal of one of the most touching and inspiring scenes in human history.

For a further brief description of the contents of the book, go to:


Blogger Luana said...

My detailed comment was cleared as I transferred to register with Google. A shame.. I so hoped to communciate.

I have vivd recall snap shot of being Socrates in prison.. I remember the petty-thief in the next cell whom I came to appreciate and like deeply..and the prison guard..with whom, I talked often through our mutual lonely nights. I am now a woman , age, 71.. I get snaps shot recalls, of many lives.. I am not impressed with known or unknown personages of present or history. Recalls are vivid and emotional; come as insights to the present. I know both the prison guard and delightful petty thief in this life. (We change less then one would think.) This is my first sharing with anyone..other than briefly with my open minded daughters, who, like me.. realize, to know the truth that something is happening, does not follow, that we can define that happening in our present day knowledge.

I will try to find your book.

Sincerely, Luana .....P.S.

I do not question one's right to choose their own exit from the physical. (reference to the Hemlock.) I question whether I have the knowledge to make that determination.

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