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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The Socratic elenchus method is all
The demise of the elenchus in the Euthydemus Lysis and Hippias Major
Postscript to The Socratic elenchus
Socrates disavowal of knowledge
Is the Socratic fallacy Socratic?
The historical Socrates and Athenian democracy
The Protagoras and the Laches
Socrates and Vietnam
11 The chronological order of the dialogues
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