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    BRICKHOUSE, THOMAS C. and SMITH, NICHOLAS D. 2012. RESPONSE TO CRITICS. Analytic Philosophy, Vol. 53, Issue. , p. 234.

    Lutz, Mark J. 2010. The Minos and the Socratic Examination of Law. American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 54, Issue. , p. 988.

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  • Print publication year: 2000
  • Online publication date: March 2008

9 - Socrates

This chapter discusses striking continuities between 'Socratic' and 'mature Platonic' thought, of a sort sometimes missed by 'developmentalists', where continuities concern attitudes to the good, the ideal, the sciences and practical politics. It explores these continuities and contrasts as they show up in the three overtly political 'Socratic' dialogues: the Protagoras, the Apology and the Crito. The differences between the approaches of Socrates and the mature Plato to politics do not reside in their attitudes to whether the central question of politics is about institutional arrangements, or rather about science. The notion of a science is central to both. The difference resides rather in a different place-the alleged existence of irrational desires which the mature Plato asserted against Socrates, with the consequent playing down of the Socratic concern for intellectual dialogue in one's relations with all others. Most of the Western philosophical tradition since Plato has, perhaps unfortunately, followed the mature Plato rather than Socrates on this point.
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