Cross-Examining Socrates: A Defense of the Interlocutors in Plato's Early Dialogues

Cross-Examining Socrates: A Defense of the Interlocutors in Plato's Early Dialogues

by John Beversluis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521550580

ISBN-13: 9780521550581

Pub. Date: 11/01/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is a re-reading of Plato's early dialogues from the point of view of the characters with whom Socrates engages in debate. Socrates' interlocutors are generally acknowledged to play important dialectical and dramatic roles, but no previous book has focused mainly on them. Unlike existing studies, which are thoroughly dismissive of the interlocutors and…  See more details below

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This book is a re-reading of Plato's early dialogues from the point of view of the characters with whom Socrates engages in debate. Socrates' interlocutors are generally acknowledged to play important dialectical and dramatic roles, but no previous book has focused mainly on them. Unlike existing studies, which are thoroughly dismissive of the interlocutors and reduce them to the status of mere mouthpieces for views which are hopelessly confused or demonstrably false, this book takes them seriously and treats them as genuine intellectual opponents whose views are often more defensible than commentators have standardly thought. The author's purpose is not to summarize their positions or the arguments of the dialogues in which they appear, much less to produce a series of biographical sketches, but to investigate the phenomenology of philosophical disputation as it manifests itself in the early dialogues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521550581
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1The Socratic interlocutor18
2Elenchus and sincere assent37
3Crito59
4Ion75
5Hippias94
6Laches and Nicias111
7Charmides and Critias135
8Euthyphro160
9Cephalus185
10Polemarchus203
11Thrasymachus221
12Hippocrates245
13Protagoras257
14Gorgias291
15Polus315
16Callicles339
17The last days of the Socratic interlocutor377
Bibliography384
Index of passages cited398
Index of names407
Index of modern authors410
General index414

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