2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Socrates, Salvation and Social Justice
Nathan J. Hardy
Dr. Patricia Burton, Faculty Mentor

Our time is a time when terms like soul (psuche) and salvation (soter) are thrown about with little concern for what they mean. Often we are told we need to save our souls and are given doctrinal requirements for doing this. When we look back to Platos earlier dialogues about Socrates however, we see a different conception of both the soul and of salvation. Using these early dialogues, specifically Crito (47d3-6), Protagoras (357b), The Defence of Socrates (40c-41e) and The Republic (444c-445b), I explore Socrates conception of the soul and argue that his conception of salvation in the Protagoras depends on his notion of soul which can help us reconsider our ideas of soul in terms of social justice and human engagement in human activities.

Keywords: Socrates, Salvation, Social Justice, Psuche, Soter

Topic(s):Philosophy & Religion

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 8-5
Location: MG 2090
Time: 9:00

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