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 de±nition requested (not instances) - ex: dont show me a just man, tell me what justice is 2. de±nition offered 3. de±nition fails > counter example or similar objection 4. improve de±nition offered 5. conceptual relations queried: is conditional relation suf±cient (good), necessary(better/ without which) or both (best) 6. repeat as necessary 7. philosophical de±nition found: general category, independant standard Example: Plato ʼ s dialogue Euthyphro. Asked what a pious action is, Euthyphro replies, “a pious act is what the gods love”...
View Full Document
- Fall '09
- Philosophy, Platoʼs dialogue Euthyphro, antagonism/ conﬂict/ clash