Plato, and the Other Companions of Sokrates Volume 2

Plato, and the Other Companions of Sokrates Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...question raised by Sokrates in the Euthydemus and elsewhere. From the abstract just given of the argument of Sokrates in The talk of the Euthydlmus, it will be seen to be serious and Sophists pertinent, though ending with a confession of failure, though The observations placed in contrast with it and 1 Plato, Republic, vi. pp. 605-506. ascribed to the two Sophists, are distinguished by jJ?ni.caJy being neither serious nor pertinent; but parodies of while it is debate for the most part, put together for the express fS01S purpose of appearing obviously silly to the reader, the end to Plato keeps up the dramatic or ironical appearance, realadmirathat they are admired and welcomed not only by the nt'TMthe hearers, but even by Sokrates himself. Nevertheless, it is made clear at the end that all this is nothing but irony, and that the talk which Plato ascribes to Euthydemus and Dionysodorus produced, according to his own showing, no sentiment of esteem for their abilities among the by-standers, but quite the reverse. Whether there were individual Sophists at Athens who talked in that style, we can neither affirm nor deny: but that there were an established class of persons who did so, and made both money and reputation by it, we can securely deny. It is the more surprising that the Platonic commentators should desire us to regard Euthydemus and Dionysodorus as representative samples of a special class named Sophists, since one of the most eminent of those commentators (Stallbaum),1 both admits that Sokrates himself was generally numbered in the class and called by the name--and affirms also (incorrectly, in my opinion) that the interrogations of Sokrates, which in this dialogue stand contrasted with those of the two Sophists, do not enunciate more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 9781236499578