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Fathers, Sons, and the Dorian Mode in the Laches

  • Ian Crystal (a1)

ABSTRACT : This paper explores two interconnected themes that reoccur throughout the Laches: reworking the role of the father and the harmony of one’s words with their actions, the Dorian mode. These two themes, in addition to the discussion of courage, will turn out to be directly relevant to the nurturing of the souls of the sons. The question then arises whether any of the interlocutors present are adequate father figures who might be able to nurture the souls of the boys in a manner that is adequate. Judging by the conclusion of the dialogue, the only possible candidate is Socrates.

RÉSUMÉ : Deux thématiques liées du Lachés sont l’objet de la communication : le redressage du rôle du pére et le mode dorien, c’est-à-dire, l’harmonie des mots avec les actions. Ces deux thématiques, ainsi que la discussion de courage, se révéleront directement pertinentes à la nourriture des âmes des fils. La question se pose alors de savoir si, parmi les interlocuteurs présents, existe-t-il des figures du père adéquates qui pourraient être capables de nourrir les âmes des garçons d’une manière suffisante. A en juger par la conclusion du dialogue, le seul candidat possible est Socrates.

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A. Hobbs , Plato and the Hero: Courage, Manliness and the Impersonal Good (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 85–110

B. Strauss , Fathers and Sons in Athens (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993), 79

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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