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Democratic Courage and the Platonic Laches

Ryan K. Balot

in Courage in the Democratic Polis: Ideology and Critique in Classical Athens

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199982158
eISBN:
9780199355259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982158.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In his short dialogue Laches, Plato interpreted democracy and courage through a specifically Thucydidean lens. Contrary to many readings, this chapter interprets the dialogue’s presentation of ... More


Plot and Action: Process vs. Resolution

A. K. Cotton

in Platonic Dialogue and the Education of the Reader

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199684052
eISBN:
9780191763571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684052.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers the dialogues’ handling of narratives, and the extent to which Plato’s works contain plots of a classical type. After surveying the different types of stories found in Plato’s ... 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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