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Plato's Ethics$
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Terence Irwin

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195086454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195086457.001.0001

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Socrates' Method

Socrates' Method

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(p.17) 2 Socrates' Method
Source:
Plato's Ethics
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Terence Irwin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195086457.003.0002

The goal of chapter 2 is to analyse Socrates’ method. Firstly, it is argued that theSocratic method is not able to reach definitive conclusions. Secondly, it is shown that this occurs because of the use of real rather than nominal definitions. Finally, it is noted that, although this method cannot provide any proper knowledge, it constitutes a very good starting point to address moral problems with great care.

Keywords:   Definition, Elenchos, Knowledge, Plato, Method, Socrates

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