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Unformatted text preview: 3. Dialectic argument: moves by antagonism/ conFict/ clash of views 4. Maieusis: Socrates as the midwife of ideas - means bringing forth the knowledge that is already there Basic Mechanism: elenchus 1. general denition requested (not instances) - ex: dont show me a just man, tell me what justice is 2. denition offered 3. denition fails > counter example or similar objection 4. improve denition offered 5. conceptual relations queried: is conditional relation sufcient (good), necessary(better/ without which) or both (best) 6. repeat as necessary 7. philosophical denition found: general category, independant standard Example: Plato s dialogue Euthyphro. Asked what a pious action is, Euthyphro replies, a pious act is what the gods love...
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- Fall '09