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Nevertheless, all members of the Academy wrote dialogues because they were the  method established by Plato. Even Aristotle did not yet recognize that the method  perfected by Plato might not be capable of imitation. His own dialogues, however, did  take a different approach that went more along the lines of Plato's later works.  Abandoning the question-and-answer dialogue, epitomized by the figure of Socrates,  Aristotle employed longer opposing speeches. Some literary historians have thus  argued that Aristotle induced the decline of the dialogue form, but it is more accurate  perhaps to say that he simply adapted an old form to the changing direction of  philosophy. His dialogues, moreover, were a closer imitation of real conversations and  debates taking place in the Academy, and imitation was the point of the original  dialogues. Of his surviving early works, several deserve individual attention. The dialogue 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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