- C. C. W. Taylor
The Introduction presents Socrates as one of the most influential and one of the least-known philosophers. He directly influenced his contemporaries, especially Plato, who would otherwise probably have become a statesman. Socrates wrote nothing and after his death quickly became the subject of a literary genre, that of ‘Socratic conversations’. Here his associates presented imaginative representations of his conversations, focusing on aspects of his personality and style of conversation that reflected the interests of individual authors. The figure of Socrates as an exemplar of the philosophic life, of total moral and intellectual integrity and steadfastness in the face of rejection and ignominious death is their creation.