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Why did Socrates conduct his dialogues before an audience?

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The Socratic method is conventionally understood to be a one-on-one interaction between Socrates and an individual interlocutor. Why, then, does Socrates conduct so many of his dialogues in public places, where they are prone to being witnessed or even interrupted? Through a careful reading of the Gorgias, a dialogue traditionally appealed to in studies of both the Socratic method and the philosophy of rhetoric, I argue that Socrates deliberately involves his audience in his conversations wit...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Politics & Int Relations
Oxford college:
Christ Church
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Publisher:
Imprint Academic
Journal:
History of Political Thought More from this journal
Volume:
37
Issue:
3
Pages:
411-437
Publication date:
2016-01-01
ISSN:
0143-781X
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pubs:1022962
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uuid:8d86c1bd-8394-4db9-8b5d-3e1062d50311
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pubs:1022962
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1022962
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2019-06-28

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