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Unformatted text preview: Socrates Eiron - irony Alazon Socrates is an eiron figure. Irony means saying one thing and meaning another, or saying one thing and ending up with another. Ironic texts are texts that say less than they mean. They are slippery texts. Their slipperiness makes Socrates important for literary interpretation. He is an eiron, a self-depreciator, he opposes the hubris. The eiron doesn’t pretend to know and is usually the underdog. Philosophy means the love of wisdom. The dialectic is a movement of thought that goes between yes and no, writing and speak, etc. The Phaedrus is about seduction and then about truth. Writing is like painting in that it has the appearance of life but it can't answer a question. Dialogue makes it alive. Two words for love, philos, and eros. Non sexual/the attraction. In Hesiod, eros brings chaos into cosmos....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course VIC 201 taught by Professor Julianpatrick during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto.
- Fall '10