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Indifference readings: Plato and the Stoa on Socratic ethics

Mary Margaret McCabe

in Classics in Progress: Essays on Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263235
eISBN:
9780191734328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263235.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In trying to understand Plato, this chapter suggests that Plato himself may be used as a guide to reading Plato, and that such a guide does indeed lead to a philosophical destination of which the ... More


Socrates: From Happiness to Virtue

Terence Irwin

in Plato's Ethics

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195086454
eISBN:
9780199833306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195086457.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Chapter 4 focuses on the Euthydemus to discuss Socrates’ theories of happiness and wisdom. Firstly, it is pointed out that Socrates may be labelled as “eudamonist” because of the claim he makes in ... More


Socrates’ Case for the Sufficiency Thesis

Daniel C. Russell

in Happiness for Humans

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199583683
eISBN:
9780191745713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583683.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter begins the examination of the Stoics’ thesis that virtuous activity is sufficient for happiness, starting with its origins in several of Plato’s Socratic dialogues. It argues that ... More


Colotes of Lampsacus: The Man and his Philosophical Background

Eleni Kechagia

in Plutarch Against Colotes: A Lesson in History of Philosophy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199597239
eISBN:
9780191731495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199597239.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the target of Plutarch's Adversus Colotem and examines the extant testimonies about Colotes' life and writings with a view to assessing his position within the Epicurean ... More


Socrates as Beneficial Tutor

Thomas L. Pangle

in The Socratic Way of Life: Xenophon's "Memorabilia"

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226516899
eISBN:
9780226516929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226516929.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The fourth and last major section of the second part presents the philosopher in his activity as a private spiritual tutor of select, individually beloved, Athenian youths—employing as a paradigmatic ... More


Strauss’s New Reading of Plato

Michael P. Zuckert and Catherine H. Zuckert

in Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226135731
eISBN:
9780226135878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226135878.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Strauss’s call for a return to the ancients was above all a call for return to the Socratics, most especially Plato. He came to a new way of reading and understanding Plato through his earlier ... More


Heraclitean Opposition and Parmenidean Contradiction: Pre-Socratic Ontology and Protagorean Sophistry in the Cratylus, the Theaetetus, and the Euthydemus

Robin Reames

in Seeming and Being in Plato's Rhetorical Theory

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226567013
eISBN:
9780226567150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226567150.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter examines three of Plato’s dialogues that deal with Protagoras’s doctrines: the Cratylus, Theaetetus, and Euthydemus. In those dialogues, Plato portrays the sophist Protagoras’s thought ... More


Ridicule and Protreptic: Plato, His Reader, and the Role of Comedy in Inquiry

Mary Margaret McCabe

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/9780190460549.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

At Philebus 48a–50a, Socrates offers an account of “the laughable” and the mixture of pleasure and pain that constitutes our response to comedy. This account may generalize to our other emotional ... More


Levels of Discourse in Plato’s Dialogues

James Henderson Collins

in Exhortations to Philosophy: The Protreptics of Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199358595
eISBN:
9780199358618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358595.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

Plato composes dramatic protreptic speeches in which someone converts or tries to convert a person to a new way of living. Using the work of Gérard Genette, and in particular his concepts of ... More


Narrative between Socrates and Crito

James Henderson Collins

in Exhortations to Philosophy: The Protreptics of Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199358595
eISBN:
9780199358618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358595.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter explores the personalities and agendas of the characters in the frame narrative of Plato’s Euthydemus: Socrates, Crito, a lover of spectacle and father looking for an instructor for his ... More


From Narrative to Drama: Inside the Intradiegetic Level

James Henderson Collins

in Exhortations to Philosophy: The Protreptics of Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199358595
eISBN:
9780199358618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358595.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter turns to the events in the Euthydemus that Socrates portrays as having taken place the day before. Socrates tells in vivid detail how he and some visiting sophists entered into public ... More


Return to the Extradiegetic Level: Metalepsis, Protreptic, and Apotreptic

James Henderson Collins

in Exhortations to Philosophy: The Protreptics of Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199358595
eISBN:
9780199358618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358595.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter takes up an important interruption in Socrates’s narration in the Euthydemus and the end framing narrative between Socrates and Crito. In his narration to Crito, Socrates engineers a way ... More


Does Your Plato Bite?

Mary Margaret McCabe

in Platonic Conversations

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780198732884
eISBN:
9780191796906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732884.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

How are we to read Plato, and how are his arguments connected to the form of the dialogues? This chapter considers the sophists of the Euthydemus, and argues that we underestimate that dialogue if we ... More


Escaping One’s Own Notice Knowing: Meno’s Paradox Again

Mary Margaret McCabe

in Platonic Conversations

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780198732884
eISBN:
9780191796906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732884.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The chapter first discusses what makes Meno’s paradox puzzling. The complex way the paradox is presented in the Meno forces reflection on both the external conditions on inquiry—its objects—and its ... More


Indifference Readings: Plato and the Stoa on Socratic Ethics

Mary Margaret McCabe

in Platonic Conversations

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780198732884
eISBN:
9780191796906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732884.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter considers two passages in the Euthydemus and Meno on the explanation of value, which appear to be closely related. This close relation can be understood in terms of one ‘reading’ the ... More


Out of the Labyrinth: Plato’s Attack on Consequentialism

Mary Margaret McCabe

in Platonic Conversations

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780198732884
eISBN:
9780191796906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732884.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

In the Euthydemus, if that dialogue is treated as an integrated whole, Socrates can be seen to launch an attack on consequentialism. This attack illuminates a theory of value that insists that ... More


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