Socratic Studies

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Cambridge University Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 152 pages
This is the companion volume to Gregory Vlastos' highly acclaimed work Socrates: Ironist and Moral Philosopher. Four ground-breaking papers which laid the basis for his understanding of Socrates are collected here, in revised form: they examine Socrates' elenctic method of investigative argument, his disavowal of knowledge, his concern for definition, and the complications of his relationship with the Athenian democracy. The fifth chapter is a new and provocative discussion of Socrates' arguments in the Protagoras and Laches. The epilogue 'Socrates and Vietnam' suggests that Socrates was not, as Plato claimed, the most just man of his time. The papers have been prepared for publication by Professor Myles Burnyeat with the minimum of editorial intervention.
 

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Contents

The Socratic elenchus method is all
1
The demise of the elenchus in the Euthydemus Lysis and Hippias Major
29
Postscript to The Socratic elenchus
33
Socrates disavowal of knowledge
39
Is the Socratic fallacy Socratic?
67
The historical Socrates and Athenian democracy
87
The Protagoras and the Laches
109
Socrates and Vietnam
127
13 On Gorgias 508E509A
137
31 Presumptive moral knowledge
138
Bibliography
141
Index of passages cited
145
Index of ancient names
148
Index of modern scholars
150
Index of Greek words
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11 The chronological order of the dialogues
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