Plato's Socrates as Educator

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SUNY Press, Oct 19, 2000 - Philosophy - 251 pages
Despite his ceaseless efforts to purge his fellow citizens of their unfounded opinions and to bring them to care for what he believes to be the most important things, Plato's Socrates rarely succeeds in his pedagogical project with the characters he encounters. This is in striking contrast to the historical Socrates, who spawned the careers of Plato, Xenophon, and other authors of Socratic dialogues. Through an examination of Socratic pedagogy under its most propitious conditions, focusing on a narrow class of dialogues featuring Lysis and Alcibiades, this book answers the question: "why does Plato portray his divinely appointed gadfly as such a dramatic failure?"
 

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n spite of Socrates' claim(s) that he never taught anyone, this book supposes that he did. According to Scott, if we pay attention to the dramatic elements of Plato's dialogues, rather than focusing ... Read full review

Contents

Socrates and Teaching
13
SECTION 1A WHY SOCRATES DENIES BEING A TEACHER
15
SECTION 1B CONVENTIONAL ATHENIAN ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT TEACHERS AND TEACHING
24
THE CONTRAST BETWEEN A MARKET AND A GIFT ECONOMY
27
ADDITIVE VERSUS INTEGRATIVE MODELS
37
THE SOCRATIC PAIDEUSIS
43
The Lysis Limits and Liberation in Socrates Encounter with Lysis
51
SECTION 2A THE THRESHOLD IMAGERY IN THE DRAMATIC SETTING AND PROLOGUE 203A1206E2
59
SECTION 3C THE MEANING OF TAKING TROUBLE OVER ONESELF
93
GUMNASTIKE AND MATHESIS
98
THE OMINOUS END OF THE
116
The Symposium Eros Truth Telling and the Preservation of Freedom
119
SECTION 4A ALCIBIADES MOTIVE IN THE AGON WITH SOCRATES
121
SECTION 4B ALCIBIADES ATTEMPT TO DOMINATE SOCRATES
126
Two WAYS OF TELLING THE TRUTH
138
ADJUDICATING THE AGON OVER TRUTH TELLING
152

SECTION 2B SOCRATES FIRST CONVERSATION WITH LYSIS 206E3211B5
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THE POSITIVE RESULTS OF THE LYSIS
74
The Alcibiades I Socratic Dialogue as SelfCare
81
THE PRELIMINARY CONTEST
86
SECTION 3B INTRODUCTION TO THE PROBLEM OF TAKING TROUBLE OVER ONESELF
91
Dramatic Failure and the Gift in Socratic Paideusis
159
INTRODUCTION
179
Selected Bibliography
235
Index
245
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Gary Alan Scott is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Saint Peter's College.

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