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Socratic Methods

James Doyle

in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy: Volume 42

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199644384
eISBN:
9780191743344
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644384.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

It is generally supposed that what Socrates in Plato's Apology describes himself as having spent his life doing in obedience to a divine command (activity A), what Socrates has urged others to do ... More


What Is Ignorance? Plato on Presumed Knowledge, Wishful Thinking, and Not Understanding Your Own Thoughts

Katja Maria Vogt

in Belief and Truth: A Skeptic Reading of Plato

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199916818
eISBN:
9780199980291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916818.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The chapter takes its starting point from an under-explored passage in the Philebus. According to this passage, ignorance involves thinking of oneself as richer, more beautiful, and wiser than one ... More


Conclusion

Roslyn Weiss

in Virtue in the Cave: Moral Inquiry in Plato's Meno

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195140767
eISBN:
9780199833849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140761.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The end of the examined life is true opinion, since moral wisdom is unattainable by mere human beings. Socrates makes no claims to moral wisdom, though he is strongly committed to the moral beliefs ... More


Remaining at the Station

Roslyn Weiss

in Socrates Dissatisfied: An Analysis of Plato's Crito

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195116847
eISBN:
9780199833832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195116844.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

To determine whether the Socrates of the Crito is consistent with the Socrates of the Apology, it is necessary to become acquainted with the Socrates of the Apology. Socrates in the Apology is a man ... More


Education and Corruption: Apology

Lorraine Smith Pangle

in Virtue Is Knowledge: The Moral Foundations of Socratic Political Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226136547
eISBN:
9780226136684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226136684.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter puts the Apology’s discussion of virtue and knowledge in dramatic context. It interprets Socrates’ famously avowed knowledge of ignorance as the more specific claim that Socrates “knows ... More


Self-Ridicule: Socratic Wisdom

Paul B. Woodruff

in Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Ancient Philosophy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190460549
eISBN:
9780190460563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190460549.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Socrates seeks wisdom through self-ridicule, which is a product of self-questioning. The questions he asks others are questions that he asks of himself, questions that we should be asking of ... More


Learning from Others in the Elenctic Dialogues

Hugh H. Benson

in Clitophon’s Challenge: Dialectic in Plato's Meno, Phaedo, and Republic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199324835
eISBN:
9780190228224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324835.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter argues that insofar as an answer to Clitophon’s challenge is to be found in the elenctic dialogues (e.g., Apology, Laches, Euthyphro, Charmides, Protagoras), it is disappointing. The ... More


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