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Clitophon’s Challenge: Dialectic in Plato's Meno, Phaedo, and Republic

Hugh H. Benson


The end of Plato’s Clitophon can be seen to raise something like the following challenge: How is one to acquire (learn) the knowledge Socrates has so persuasively shown to be essential to virtue and apparently absent from us all.Clitophon’s Challenge explores Plato’s response to this challenge from the Apology, Laches, Euthyphro, and Protagoras through the Meno, Phaedo, and Republic. Two general approaches are continually mentioned: learning from those who already have the knowledge one seeks and seeking to discover the knowledge on one’s own or de novo inquiry. In dialogues from the Apology t ... More

Keywords: Plato, Socrates, Meno, Phaedo, Republic, learning, method of hypothesis, dialectic, inquiry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199324835
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324835.001.0001


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Hugh H. Benson, author