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T. P. Wiseman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263235

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263235.001.0001

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Indifference readings: Plato and the Stoa on Socratic ethics

Indifference readings: Plato and the Stoa on Socratic ethics

(p.362) (p.363) 15 Indifference readings: Plato and the Stoa on Socratic ethics
Classics in Progress

Mary Margaret McCabe

British Academy

In trying to understand Plato, this chapter suggests that Plato himself may be used as a guide to reading Plato, and that such a guide does indeed lead to a philosophical destination of which the analytic tradition might approve. A comparison of two short and markedly different passages, one from the Meno and the other from the Euthydemus shows us that the difference may be one between a Socratic view (the Meno), and its Platonic replacement in the Euthydemus. This account, however, seems not to meet the present case: in particular because both the two passages are significantly indeterminate. The indeterminacy of the Meno, this chapter argues, is teased out by the Euthydemus; it is this feature that should encourage one to see the latter as a ‘reading’ of the former.

Keywords:   Plato's arguments, Meno, Euthydemus, Socrates

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