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Matthew Gorman

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Brock University

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Start Date

15-5-1997 9:00 AM

End Date

17-5-1997 5:00 PM

Abstract

In Plato's Gorgias Socratic dialectic progresses beyond its earlier, adversarial refutative form to a new "cooperative" Socratic argumentation which (allegedly) leads to truth and knowledge. Socrates there outlines certain preliminary conditions underlying such positive talk-exchanges, prior attitudes and commitments required of his interlocutors in order for their discourse to be able to produce genuine, reasoned, mutual agreements. I use van Eemeren and Grootendorst's general views as a framework for identifying these preliminary conditions, and then consider whether Socrates himself meets his own standards as a legitimate participant in genuine Socratic argumentation.

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Does Socrates Engage in Socratic Argumentation?

Brock University

In Plato's Gorgias Socratic dialectic progresses beyond its earlier, adversarial refutative form to a new "cooperative" Socratic argumentation which (allegedly) leads to truth and knowledge. Socrates there outlines certain preliminary conditions underlying such positive talk-exchanges, prior attitudes and commitments required of his interlocutors in order for their discourse to be able to produce genuine, reasoned, mutual agreements. I use van Eemeren and Grootendorst's general views as a framework for identifying these preliminary conditions, and then consider whether Socrates himself meets his own standards as a legitimate participant in genuine Socratic argumentation.