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Benjamin Rider
University of Central Arkansas
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    The Ethical Significance of Gratitude in Epicureanism.Benjamin A. Rider - 2019 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 27 (6):1092-1112.
    ABSTRACTMany texts in the Epicurean tradition mention gratitude but do not explicitly explain its function in Epicurean ethics. I review passages that mention or discuss gratitude and ingratitude a...
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    Socrates' Philosophical Protreptic in Euthydemus 278c–282d.Benjamin A. Rider - 2012 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 94 (2):208-228.
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    Self-Care, Self-Knowledge, and Politics in the Alcibiades I.Benjamin A. Rider - 2010 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 15 (2):395-413.
    In the Alcibiades I, Socrates argues for the importance of self-knowledge. Recent interpreters contend that the self-knowledge at issue here is knowledge of an impersonal and purely rational self. I argue against this interpretation and advance an alternative. First, the passages proponents of this interpretation cite—Socrates’ argument that the self is the soul, and his suggestion that Alcibiades seek self-knowledge by looking for his soul’s reflection in the soul of another—do not unambiguously support their reading. Moreover, other passages, particularly Socrates’ (...)
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    A Socratic Seduction: Philosophical Protreptic in Plato's Lysis.Benjamin A. Rider - 2011 - Apeiron 44 (1):40-66.
    In Plato's Lysis, Socrates' conversation with Lysis features logical fallacies and questionable premises and closes with a blatantly eristic trick. I show how the form and content of these arguments make sense if we interpret them from the perspective of Socrates' pedagogical goals. Lysis is a competitive teenager who, along with his friend Menexenus, enjoys the game of eristic disputation. Socrates recognizes Lysis' predilections, and he constructs his arguments to engage Lysis' interests and loves, while also drawing the boy into (...)
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    Ethics After Aristotle by Brad Inwood. [REVIEW]Benjamin A. Rider - 2016 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (1):157-158.
    The past half-century has seen a surge of interest in Aristotle’s ethics. For participants in this revived neo-Aristotelian tradition, Aristotle’s writings and distinctive ethical approach provide an important touchstone and inspiration for their own ideas. But this has happened before. In the classical world, from his own students and colleagues to the great commentator, Alexander of Aphrodisias, Aristotle’s followers adapted, debated, and reworked their master’s ideas, often in the context of debate with rival schools. Inwood’s short book outlines the trajectory (...)
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    Epicurus on the Fear of Death and the Relative Value of Lives.Benjamin A. Rider - 2014 - Apeiron 47 (4):461-484.
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    Health and Hedonism in Plato and Epicurus, Written by Kelly Arenson. [REVIEW]Benjamin A. Rider - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):591-595.
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    Plato’s Charmides: Positive Elenchus in a ‘Socratic’ Dialogue, by Thomas Tuozzo. [REVIEW]Benjamin A. Rider - 2013 - Ancient Philosophy 33 (2):425-430.
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    Profound Ignorance. Plato’s Charmides and the Saving of Wisdom. [REVIEW]Benjamin A. Rider - 2017 - Ancient Philosophy 37 (1):192-196.
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    Socratic Philosophy for Beginners?: On Introducing Philosophy with Plato's "Lysis".Benjamin A. Rider - 2014 - Teaching Philosophy 37 (3):365-377.
    In recent years, Plato’s Lysis has received much attention from professional scholars, but could it be used as a text in introductory classes? It is true that the Lysis poses challenges as an introductory text—its arguments are fast-paced and abstract. But I argue that the Lysis is actually an excellent pedagogical text, well suited to engage novices and introduce them to philosophy’s distinctive methods and way of thinking. It works particularly well as a text for engaging students in active learning, (...)
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