n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Socrates : the preamble of Plato's (178A1-181D7)

Volume 58, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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The preamble to Plato's is an integral part of the whole dialogue. It puts forward the fundamental beliefs of Socrates' interlocutors in an intelligent way, while highlighting the ideological confusion caused by their uncritical acceptance of traditional beliefs. Thus, Socrates' interlocutors are brought to an insoluble impasse. Plato offers a way out of this impasse by introducing the figure of Socrates, who emerges as the literary instrument of Plato's criticism of Athens' educational system. Socrates' elenchus shows that the only way to achieve the real benefit, the benefit to the soul, is to lead a life of philosophical activity in pursuit of the truth.

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