Plato's Aporetic Style

George Rudebusch

in Socrates, Pleasure, and Value

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195159615
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869367 | DOI:
 Plato's Aporetic Style

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There has been persistent controversy about the aporetic dialogs. Are they meant to convey any underlying philosophical position? A strong argument in favor of a negative answer rests on the following premise: if Plato had been trying to present a positive doctrine in his aporetic dialogs, he would have chosen a more straightforward style of writing for his purpose. I argue that this premise is false.

Keywords: aporetic style; aporia; dialog; hermeneutic; pedagogy; Plato; Socrates

Chapter.  3712 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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