Dialectic in Action: An Examination of Plato's Crito

Dialectic in Action: An Examination of Plato's Crito

by Michael C. Stokes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0954384598

ISBN-13: 9780954384593

Pub. Date: 12/01/2005

Publisher: Classical Press of Wales, The

Plato's Crito examines a single moral decision, whether Socrates ought to escape from his death-cell. Stokes' book discusses Socrates' arguments against Crito's offer of escape. It construes Socrates' questions as genuine questions, which clarify and undermine Crito's positions. Stokes's approach avoids the 'documentary fallacy'; it shows how Plato catered for both

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Plato's Crito examines a single moral decision, whether Socrates ought to escape from his death-cell. Stokes' book discusses Socrates' arguments against Crito's offer of escape. It construes Socrates' questions as genuine questions, which clarify and undermine Crito's positions. Stokes's approach avoids the 'documentary fallacy'; it shows how Plato catered for both the novice and the experienced reader of his published works. This book offers a fresh account of Socrates' whole strategy. It demonstrates both the shakiness of Socrates' persuasion of the un-philosophical Crito to engage in dialectic, and the coherence of his substantive confutation. Plato's reasoning emerges from Stokes' study with more credit than many have given it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780954384593
Publisher:
Classical Press of Wales, The
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Prologue 1. Introduction 2. Crito's personal character 3. Crito's worldly case 4. Crito's overtly moral argument 5. Socrates' attack: first wave 6. Socrates' strategy 7. Socrates' second wave 8. Socrates' lead-in to the Laws 9. The arguments of the Laws 10. The dialogue's conclusion Epilogue Appendix: A philosophical argument against escape? Notes Bibliography Index of proper names Index of Greek words and phrases Index of topics

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