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Hobart and William Smith Philosophy Professor Pens Book

February 1, 2000 Geneva, NY – Benjamin Daise, a professor of philosophy at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has written a philosophy book that takes a look into existentialism through the work of Danish philosopher Kierkegaard. The book, Kierkegaard's Socratic Art, published in January by Mercer University Press, offers a well-argued monograph in support for Kierkegarrd's claim that he was a midwife for Christendom.

In the book, Daise's analysis leads to the conclusion that the concern of Kierkegaard was not just primarily existential but wholly existential, a conclusion he developed by examining Kierkegaard's use of indirect communication. Daise develops the idea of midwifery by means of an analysis of portions of Plato's Meno. His analysis of Meno illuminates Kierkegaard's views in the authorship (primarily in Philosophical Fragments.) “Consequently,” Daise says, “I offer detailed textual analysis of the questions that are explicitly addressed in Philosophical Fragments in order to show that what are ostensibly traditional metaphysical and epistemological issues are not those kinds of questions at all.”

Daise holds a B.S. in chemistry from Morehouse College, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1970, teaching classes in areas such as existentialism; American, ancient, and contemporary philosophy; moral dilemmas; and justice and equality. He has authored several articles and presentations.