Paul to the Romanes (Cambridge: Cantrell Legge, 1611), 59-60; and Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic
Theology, 3 vols.
What if, beyond the appearance of a fairly elevated form of sadism, the Euthyphro shows us another instance of Socrates' elenctic
care for the psuche of his interlocutor, as in his treatment of Alcibiades recounted in the Symposium?
This passage is important to Vlastos, for he takes it to supply evidence of a new Plato, one who got his start in Meno with a praise of geometry, and who then rejected the moral and elenctic
philosophizing of the historical Socrates.
Wolfsdorf argues that a comprehensive survey of the early dialogues does not permit the adversarial interpretation of the elenctic
Consider a case in which Socrates' secondary beliefs (the premises of an elenctic
episode) conflict with a definition of some virtue put forward by an interlocutor.
Moreover, if Benson is right to conclude that the elenchus tests belief sets for consistency only, then one does not acquire knowledge via elenctic
A similar reaction affects the butts of inexperienced dialecticians such as the youths who mimic Socrates' elenctic
: the victims become angry not with themselves, but with Socrates (Ap.
She is certainly right that Vlastos 'decontextualizes passages and isolates the elenctic
arguments from the dialectical context of the dialogues' (8), for Socratic dialectic is much more than just elenctic
arguments, as C says.
Xenophon's inclusion of the opposition between "sanity" and "madness" among (indeed, central among) those questions about which Socrates habitually conversed presents a problem for what has become a relatively standard account of the Socratic elenctic
method and its relation to "Socratic Intellectualism." This is an account most centrally associated with Gregory Vlastos and his students but endorsed in one form or another by such disparate commentators as Terence Irwin, Jonathan Lear, and C.