Plato's Socrates

in Socrates

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780192854124
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776663 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Plato's Socrates

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‘Plato's Socrates’ shows that Socrates is predominantly characterized, not as a teacher, but as an enquirer. He disclaims wisdom, and seeks, normally in vain, elucidation of problematic questions from his interlocutors, by the method of elenchus — that is, by critically examining their beliefs. All the dialogues are concerned with ethics in the broad sense of how one should live. Many focus on the attempt to define a virtue or other ethically significant concept. The discussion invariably ends in apparent failure. Others take the form of a confrontation between Socrates and various sophists and/or their pupils and associates over the aims of education and the proper qualifications of the educator.

Keywords: Aristotle; Empedocles; Hippocrates; Homer; Plato; Protagoras; Socrates

Chapter.  11417 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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