|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » (Old) Weekly themes. (have been consolidated into a single forum above) » Words from classical mythology » Socrates:elenctic Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#175941 - 04/17/08 06:49 AM Socrates:elenctic
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
Quote:"Because he has spent so much of his life in elenctic
argument, we are sometimes tempted to infer that Socrates
knows more than he is letting on about the subject matter
By chance I'm just reading (Plato) Socrates (in English) because those are interesting conversations even the simpler mind can follow.
After reading Charmides, Lysis and Laches, I had second thoughts on the great philosopher. Must admit he was beginning to irritate me because he always refutes his own line of thought, systematically throwing away the agreement that has been reached at that point.
I thought: Maybe they wanted to condemn him mainly because he was always so right and so good, just like Jesus (keeping religion on the side) was (I think) hated mainly because they thought him too good to be true.
And teaching (preaching) the virtuous life that so many powerful men could and would not possibly lead must have made the both of them many enemies.
I came to Apology and Crito. I'm fascinated by his defence and I see that from here on it will be about how he chooses to die. I never knew that Plato, besides being the philosopher, was also a sort of journalist.
Socrates: Let us consider the matter together, and do you either refute me if you can, and I will be convinced; or else cease, my dear friend, from repeating to me that I ought to escape against the wishes of the Athenians.
Edited by BranShea (04/17/08 03:52 PM)
#217097 - 06/15/14 06:30 AM Re: Socrates:elenctic [Re: BranShea]
Loc: Victoria, Australia
Isn't Socrates just saying, that if you debate a more plausible argument than his, he will be convinced. But do not judge him without cause. Either 'put up' or 'shut up'._________________________
live in the moment
Forum Stats 8942 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members Lonnie, SSD, poeticalPolitics, SAISPURTHY19, poster
8942 Registered Users
Who's Online 1 registered (1 invisible), 25 Guests and 3 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 94 LukeJavan8 83 wofahulicodoc 68 May 57 poster 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11613 tsuwm 10538 LukeJavan8 8385 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 wofahulicodoc 6732 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 1994-2016 Wordsmith