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Plato as Teacher of Socrates?


Ferber, Rafael (2016). Plato as Teacher of Socrates? In: Tulli, Mauro; Erler, Michael. Plato in Symposium : Selected Papers from the tenth Symposium Platonicum. St. Augustin: Academia Verlag, 443-448.

Abstract

What distinguishes the Socrates of the early from the Socrates of the middle dialogues? According to a well-known opinion, the “dividing line” lies in the difference between the Socratic and the Platonic theory of action. Whereas for the Platonic Socrates of the early dialogues, all desires are good-dependent, for the Platonic Socrates of the middle dialogues, there are good-independent desires. The paper argues first (I) that this “dividing line” is blurred in the "Symposium", and second (II) that we have in the "Symposium" a more distinctive dividing line, namely the introduction of the separate existence of the idea of beauty. This introduction by Diotima/Plato of separate ideas and the lack of (noetic) understanding of separate ideas – here the idea of beauty – by Socrates may have been the limit not only of the Socrates of the early Platonic dialogues, but of the historical Socrates as well.

Abstract

What distinguishes the Socrates of the early from the Socrates of the middle dialogues? According to a well-known opinion, the “dividing line” lies in the difference between the Socratic and the Platonic theory of action. Whereas for the Platonic Socrates of the early dialogues, all desires are good-dependent, for the Platonic Socrates of the middle dialogues, there are good-independent desires. The paper argues first (I) that this “dividing line” is blurred in the "Symposium", and second (II) that we have in the "Symposium" a more distinctive dividing line, namely the introduction of the separate existence of the idea of beauty. This introduction by Diotima/Plato of separate ideas and the lack of (noetic) understanding of separate ideas – here the idea of beauty – by Socrates may have been the limit not only of the Socrates of the early Platonic dialogues, but of the historical Socrates as well.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:28 Jun 2016 12:25
Last Modified:02 Feb 2018 10:06
Publisher:Academia Verlag
Series Name:International Plato Studies
Number:35
ISBN:978-3-89665-678-0
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:http://www.academia-verlag.de/titel/69678.htm (Publisher)

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