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Conversation and Self-Sufficiency in Plato

A. G. Long


Plato’s dialogues were part of a body of fourth-century literature in which Socrates questioned (and usually got the better of) friends, associates, and supposed experts. This book considers how Plato explained the conversational character of Socratic philosophy, and how Plato came to credit first Socrates and then, more generally, the philosopher with an alternative to conversation—internal dialogue or self-questioning. The starting point is a study of the Platonic dialogues where conversation and its advantages are discussed, and the aim of this study is to spell out precisely why, and for w ... More

Keywords: laws, republic, politics, precedents, sparta, athens, crete, visitor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695355
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. G. Long, author
University of St Andrews