Saturday, March 13, 2010 Why Socrates Didn't Charge: Plato & Metaphysics of Money

Full text online of the article by D. C. Schindler in Communio Fall 2009

Here's the opening snippet:

"After laying out the charges entailed in the old rumors about him, which had been circulating in Athens and which he took to be the most fundamental reason he found himself in court, the first claim Socrates makes in response is that he has never undertaken to teach anyone anything for a fee. The exchange of money was not mentioned in the charges, and yet Socrates took it to be the most directly pertinent fact in his defense. To say that he has never received money is to distinguish himself from a fairly novel group of men in Greek history about whom the Athenians were rather ambivalent: the sophists"
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