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Socrates, Pleasure, and Value$
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George Rudebusch

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195159616.001.0001

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Plato's Aporetic Style

Plato's Aporetic Style

(p.9) Two Plato's Aporetic Style
Socrates, Pleasure, and Value

George Rudebusch (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

There has been persistent controversy about the aporetic dialogs. Are they meant to convey any underlying philosophical position? A strong argument in favor of a negative answer rests on the following premise: if Plato had been trying to present a positive doctrine in his aporetic dialogs, he would have chosen a more straightforward style of writing for his purpose. I argue that this premise is false.

Keywords:   aporetic style, aporia, dialog, hermeneutic, pedagogy, Plato, Socrates

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