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Features of Socratic Dialogues

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Department
Philosophy
Course
Philosophy 3003F/G
Professor
Devin Henry
Semester
Fall

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Featuresof SocraticDialogues Thursday,September 15, 2011 12:54PM 1. ThemeisoftenaboutappearancesVSreality 2. SocratesseeksoutpeoplewithareputationofbeingwiseabouttopicX 3. Styleofquestionandanswer(elenchus) a. Asking,whatisF?andrefiningtheanswer 4. StructureofSocrates'arguments a. Argumentfromanalogy i. Oftenusessomethingfamiliar,likecraftmanship,toextrapolatesomethingaboutsomething unknown,likevirtue b. Inductiveargument i. Generalizesfromsomeparticularexamplestoaprinciple 5. Disavowalofknowledge(i.e.Socraticignorance) a. Doesnotsupplyanswers,claimstonotknowandonlyworksto refineothers'answers 6. Saywhatyoubelieve a. Socratesinsiststhathisinterlocutorstellhimwhattheythinks,notwhatthey'veheardother peoplesay b. Tosay whatotherpeoplethinkisantitheticaltothemethod-Socrateswon'tbeabletodigdeeper
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