Gellibrand, 1654), 109; Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic
Apparent differences in the depicted Socrates, she argues, are due to differences among Socrates' interlocutors: for some of them, he has reason to expose and test their views through elenctic
questioning; for others, he has reason to expose their views through apparently confident lecturing.
Alcibiades is not alone in being seduced, and frustrated, by Socrates' elenctic
comportment in the Platonic dialogues.
Aristotle holds that it was Socrates who first made frequent, systematic use of epagoge in his elenctic
investigations of various definitions of the virtues (Meta.
But does not the very notion of, for example, an elenctic
argument involve the idea that if you assert some things, then you are committed to certain other claims?
In its fiercely elenctic
relation to the major texts and personages of white America, the document represents a milestone in African-American literature, a precedent of textual militancy.
For example, I have always been suspicious of the name "Han Fei" [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] ("Han the Refuter," or conceivably, "The Refuter from Han"), since Han Fei is one of the most elenctic
Writers in the history of Chinese philosophy.
A primary text for Howland's claim that Plato's Eleatic wants to bring this charge against Plato's Socrates is a somewhat strained reading of what the Eleatic says in the Sophist about the "well-born" and unmistakably Socratic sophist - by saying that this elenctic
sophist educator makes his students more gentle toward others, Howland suggests, the Eleatic ironically emphasizes for the alert reader just how angry and ungentle Socrates' pupils/patients truly become.
If we accept the standard view, as Rice tentatively does (27-30)--that Book I may reasonably be understood as belonging with the "early" period group of Plato's dialogues in representing the historical Socrates --then Rice's anti-constructive conception of Socrates's elenctic
philosophizing cannot be squared with what Plato's Socrates says of what he does and why he does it, in several different dialogues, such as the Apology, Crito, and Gorgias.
Additionally, what if it is true, in light of the fact that the early and middle dialogues of Plato are elenctic
, that, as Christopher Gill suggests,(54) later dialogues such as the Philebus and Sophist are Plato's way of engaging philosophically his contemporaries?