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Couch City: Socrates against Simonides

Harry Berger

Ward Risvold and J. Benjamin Fuqua (eds)

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780823294237
eISBN:
9780823297412
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823294237.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

In addition to providing a thorough philological review, this book revises the way scholars have tended to read the Simonides episode from Plato’s Protagoras. Couch City ties this review with a ... More


Method

David Wolfsdorf

in Trials of Reason: Plato and the Crafting of Philosophy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195327328
eISBN:
9780199870646
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327328.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

“Method” argues against the common view of the Socratic elenchus as adversarial and critical and maintains that Socrates’ contribution in argumentation is largely constructive and cooperative. ... More


Plato's Philosopher

Donald Davidson

in Truth, Language, and History: Philosophical Essays Volume 5

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780198237570
eISBN:
9780191602610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019823757X.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This essay discusses Plato’s embrace of the Socratic elenchus, the inconclusive dialectic of conversational give and take wherein Socrates elicits a statement from his interlocutor, then sets out to ... More


The Socratic Concept of Truth

Donald Davidson

in Truth, Language, and History: Philosophical Essays Volume 5

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780198237570
eISBN:
9780191602610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019823757X.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This essay explores the question of why Socrates practiced the elenctic method. It argues that the elenchus is a method that generally leads to truth, and suggests that Socrates was convinced that he ... More


Dialectic and Dialogue

Donald Davidson

in Truth, Language, and History: Philosophical Essays Volume 5

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780198237570
eISBN:
9780191602610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019823757X.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This essay argues that the Socratic elenchus is a crucible in which some of our most important words, and the concepts they express are tested, melted down, reshaped, and given a new edge. It is a ... More


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

Roslyn Weiss

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195140767
eISBN:
9780199833849
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140761.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Offers an interpretation of Plato's Meno that seeks to illuminate the particularly “therapeutic” philosophy that Socrates practices. It argues that the Meno, rather than constituting a bridge between ... More


Introduction

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:
10.1093/0195140761.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The Meno assesses the worth of moral inquiry and its limits. Moral inquiry, especially in the form of Socratic elenchus, hopes to achieve the truth about moral questions, recognizing that certainty ... More


The Socratic Paradigm

A. A. Long

in Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199245567
eISBN:
9780191597923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199245568.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Discusses the presence of Socrates in Epictetus’ Discourses. Plato's Gorgias was a principal source of inspiration for Epictetus, especially for his understanding and incorporation of the Socratic ... More


Human Wisdom

C. D. C. Reeve

in Blindness and Reorientation: Problems in Plato's Republic

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199934430
eISBN:
9780199980659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934430.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

As part of his defense against the charge of impiety brought against him by Meletus in 399 BC, Socrates represents himself as the servant of Apollo, the possessor of a divine sign (daimonion), and as ... More


Did Socrates Agree to Obey the Laws of Athens?

Lesley Brown

in Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman World: Essays in Honour of Miriam Griffin

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198299905
eISBN:
9780191707803
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299905.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Plato's Crito contains a justly famous discussion of what has come to be known as the problem of political obligation, of what obligations a citizen has to the government, and what are the grounds of ... More


The Elenchic Victory and the Failure of Persuasion

James L. Kastely

in The Rhetoric of Plato'S Republic: Democracy and the Philosophical Problem of Persuasion

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226278629
eISBN:
9780226278766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226278766.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In Republic Book 1, Plato introduces persuasion as a problem for Socrates by having his efforts to engage in refutation end inconclusively. The discussions raise three issues that will be central to ... More


Introduction

Samuel Scolnicov

in Plato's Parmenides

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520224032
eISBN:
9780520925113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520224032.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This introductory chapter explains the theme of this volume, which is about the interpretation of Plato's dialogue Parmenides. Of all Plato's dialogues, the Parmenides is notoriously the most ... More


Wounding and Wisdom in Plato’s Gorgias

Marina Berzins McCoy

in Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Ancient Greek Literature and Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199672783
eISBN:
9780191757327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672783.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

Chapter four focuses on the myth of judgement at the end of the Gorgias and its image of a wounded, unjust man. There Socrates uses a mythos and, in particular, the language of wounding to ... More


Undoing Knowledge: Socrates of the Apology

Roy Brand

in LoveKnowledge: The Life of Philosophy from Socrates to Derrida

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231160445
eISBN:
9780231530842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231160445.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter discusses how the tradition of unknowingness begins with Socrates—a tradition that loves but does not have knowledge, whose knowledge is already love and its love already knowledge. ... More


Introduction

Zina Giannopoulou

in Plato's Theaetetus as a Second Apology

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199695294
eISBN:
9780191755873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695294.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter discusses the ways in which Theaetetus and Apology interpenetrate. Socrates’ interest in the essence of knowledge evinces, among other things, an interest in the presuppositions of ... More


The Socratic Elenchus

Christopher Meckstroth

in The Struggle for Democracy: Paradoxes of Progress and the Politics of Change

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780190213923
eISBN:
9780190213947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190213923.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Democratization

This chapter examines in detail the logic of Socrates’s distinctive mode of argument through questioning, the Socratic elenchus. Against the standard view that Plato’s ideas represent a turn away ... More


Aesthetic Contemplation

Peter Cheyne

in Coleridge's Contemplative Philosophy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198851806
eISBN:
9780191886485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851806.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The ‘aesthetic’ referred to throughout Chapter 3 is not especially the aesthetics of art, but that of everyday experience, the shared world, and of nature. Section 3.1, following up some Coleridgean ... 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


Conclusion

Peter Cheyne

in Coleridge's Contemplative Philosophy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198851806
eISBN:
9780191886485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851806.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The Conclusion gives further remarks concerning Coleridge’s philosophy and the ‘sense’, ‘higher understanding’, and ‘reason’. Section 1 constellates Coleridge’s main philosophical influences and ... More


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