Socratic method

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Socratic method

Philosophy the method of instruction by question and answer used by Socrates in order to elicit from his pupils truths he considered to be implicitly known by all rational beings
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Dancy suggests that there are two problems with this interpretation: it requires that we read the conclusion (7) as a contradictory statement, and that Socrates' response to Euthyphro at the end of this elenchos is more compatible with the SPI.
All three versions of ethical criticism appear to differ from the skeptical and probing practice of Socratic elenchos depicted in Plato's early dialogues.
Jacques Brunschwig and Martha Nussbaum (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), especially 164-80; Ana Maria Ioppolo, "Presentation and Assent: A Physical and Cognitive Problem in Early Stoicism," Classical Quarterly 40 (1990): 444, and more recently, "[GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] nella dottrina stoica della passione," Elenchos, 1 (1995): especially 49-54, where she examines the assent in the case of the passionate person; Annas, Hellenistic Philosophy of Mind, 75-85; A.
On the other hand, I do not think there is any allusion to the World-Soul before 896e--as is however claimed by Claude Gaudin, "Automotricite et auto affection: un commentaire de Platon Lois, X 894d-895c," Elenchos 11 (1990) 178, 183--nor any identification of soul with reason or mind at 893c-896e, as supposed by William Craig, The Cosmological Argument from Plato to Leibniz (London: Macmillan, 1980), 8, 13.