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

Cross-Examining Socrates

A Defense of the Interlocutors in Plato's Early Dialogues

Paperback Published: 22nd December 2004
ISBN: 9780521607599
Number Of Pages: 432

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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. Existing studies 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 interlocutors 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 summarise 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.

'This is an absolutely splendid book. Beautifully written, very original, entertaining, considerate, compassionate.' Myles Burnyeat ' ... one of the best book on Socrates to appear in many years.' David Sedley

Introduction
The Socratic interlocutor
Elenchus and sincere assent
Crito
Ion
Hippias
Laches and Nicias
Charmides and Critias
Euthyphro
Cephalus
Polemarchus
Thrasymachus
Hippocrates
Protagoras
Gorgias
Polus
Callicles
The last days of the Socratic interlocutor
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ISBN: 9780521607599
ISBN-10: 0521607590
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 22nd December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.63

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