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Title: Socratic dialectic between philosophy and politics in Euthydemus 305e5-306d1
Authors: Swanson, Carrie
Keywords: Euthydemus;partaking;argument;rhetoric;sophistry
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
Abstract: In the final scene of the Euthydemus, Socrates argues that because the art of speechwriting merely partakes of the two good arts philosophy and politics, it places third in the contest for wisdom. I argue that this curious speech is a reverse eikos argument, directed at the speechwriters own eikos argument for the preeminence of their art. A careful analysis of the partaking relation reveals that it is rather Socratic dialectic which occupies this intermediate position between philosophy and politics. This result entails that Socrates’ peculiar art is only a part of philosophy, and its practitioner only partially wise.
ISSN: 2079-7567
2183-4105 (PDF)
DOI: 10.14195/2183-4105_19_3
Rights: open access
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