Plato's Socrates as educator

  • Albany, NY : State University of New York Press c2000
Physical description
1 online resource (xiii, 251 p. )
  • 0-585-43107-8
  • Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-244) and index.
  • English
  • Socrates and Teaching -- Why Socrates Denies Being a Teacher -- Conventional Athenian Assumptions about Teachers and Teaching -- Socrates as Student: The Contrast between a Market and a Gift Economy -- The Meaning of "Teaching" in the Gorgias: "Additive" versus "Integrative" Models -- Conclusion: The Socratic Paideusis -- The Lysis: Limits and Liberation in Socrates' Encounter with Lysis -- The Threshold Imagery in the Dramatic Setting and Prologue (203a1-206e2) -- Socrates' First Conversation with Lysis (206e3-211b5) -- Step One--The Unsettling: Disturbing What Is Familiar -- Step Two--The Arousal: Fanning the Flames of Desire -- Step Three--The Chastening: Reimposing Limits -- Conclusion: The Positive Results of the Lysis -- The Alcibiades I: Socratic Dialogue as Self-Care -- Disarming Alcibiades: The Preliminary Contest -- Introduction to the Problem of Taking Trouble over Oneself -- The Meaning of Taking Trouble over Oneself -- Practices for "Taking Trouble": Gumnastike and Mathesis -- Gumnastike and Dialogue -- Learning What Needs to Be Learned -- Conclusion: The Ominous End of the Alcibiades I -- The Symposium: Eros, Truth Telling, and the Preservation of Freedom -- Alcibiades' Motive in the Agon with Socrates -- Alcibiades' Attempt to Dominate Socrates -- Eros and Thumos -- The Vindication of Socrates' Approach to Others -- Irony and Inebriation: Two Ways of Telling the Truth -- Six Points of Emphasis in Alcibiades' Speech -- Inebriation and Parrhesia in Truth Telling -- Conclusion: Adjudicating the Agon over Truth Telling.
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  • Despite his ceaseless efforts to purge his fellow citizens of their unfounded opinions and to bring them to care for what he believes to be the most important things, Plato's Socrates rarely succeeds in his pedagogical project with the characters he encounters. This is in striking contrast to the historical Socrates, who spawned the careers of Plato, Xenophon, and other authors of Socratic dialogues. Through an examination of Socratic pedagogy under its most propitious conditions, focusing on a narrow class of dialogues featuring Lysis and Alcibiades, this book answers the question: "why does Plato portray his divinely appointed gadfly as such a dramatic failure?"