New book: Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge

The latest offering from SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions is about Socrates and Plato: Sarah Ahbel-Rappe‘s Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato. Readers of this site may know Prof. Rappe’s groundbreaking work on ‘non-discursive thought’ in Plotinus, Proclus and Damascius, as well as her translation of Damascius’s Problems and Solutions Concerning First Principles, both fundamental resources in the study of later Neoplatonic mysticism. The table of contents of her latest is as follows:

Preface: Socrates as an Esoteric Figure


Introduction: Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge

1. Socratic Philosophy

2. Socratic Receptions

3. Socrates and Self‑Knowledge

4. Euthydemus: Native and Foreign

5. Alcibiades I: The Mirror of Socrates

6. Lysis: The Aporetic Identity of the First Friend

7. From Virtues to Forms in the Phaedrus

8. Theaetetus: Socrates’s Interrogation of Platonic Knowledge

9. “He Who Is Wisest among You”: Socratic Ignorance between the Parmenides and the Apology

Conclusion. The Socratic Paradigm

For more on the book, see its website here.