Free to Care: Socrates’ Political Engagement

  • Roslyn Weiss
Part of the Recovering Political Philosophy book series (REPOPH)


Taking her bearings from Socrates’ remark in Apology that “I always do your business, going to each of you privately, as a father or an older brother might do, persuading you to care for virtue” (31b), Weiss argues that Socrates’ relationship with Alcibiades exemplifies Socrates’ freedom to care. Freedom to care means, in large part, freedom from the desires that might lead a teacher to sexually exploit his student. As Alcibiades testifies, Socrates exhibits the kind of self-control that is an absolutely necessary condition for being genuinely able to help others toward virtue.

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  1. 1.Lehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

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