Socratic irony

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admission of your own ignorance and willingness to learn while exposing someone's inconsistencies by close questioning

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Questions posed by both characters are ironic, but they manifest different kinds of irony: in consonance with the character types of alazon and eiron, Don Quixote's questions are those of dramatic irony, keeping him in the ethereal fog of self-undermining imagination, while Sancho Panza's are of Socratic irony (whether he intends them as such or not), status-quo denying questions that channel eiron's healthy skepticism.
Connecting Socrates with irony is therefore not a great leap for the modern reader, but there are several problems that arise when attempting to formulate not only a coherent, but also a comprehensive conception of Socratic irony.
It is also important to note that, although this liberating, socratic irony performs a total negation--it negates the whole of reality--this total negation is aimed at the totality of a specific reality.
I regret that I missed Professor Sach's allusions to Aristotle's treatment of Socratic irony.
Theological camping, with Socratic irony, recognizes the asymmetry in any rhetorical response to Christian sophistry.
Part I deals with four different kinds of irony in a historical perspective: Socratic irony, situational irony, verbal irony, and romantic irony.
This Shakespearean mixture of tragic/comic (as in Lear and Hamlet) and Socratic irony expressed through seeming lightness make his aesthetic practice closer to the Schlegelian aesthetic than that of his peer dramatists.
restricts religious subjectivity to the existential-ethical domain of Socratic irony (194-99).
The first part contains, for instance, chapters on dramatic settings, the "portrait frames" of dialogues, and Socrates as "hero" (heros); the second, chapters on Socratic irony, the dialogue form, and Plato and the poets; and the third, chapters on standard topics such as the elenchos, the Republic's images of the Sun, Line, and Cave, as well as a welcome chapter on the Laws.
Onl y, in this text it is identified as a form of Socratic irony, dissimulatio or, as it is translated in the Loeb edition, "assumed simplicity" (2.
The result is either Platonic metaphysics or Socratic irony.
This clearly represents an ironic moment within the dramatic context of Plato's dialogue, and yet just such a case as this is not captured by Gregory Vlastos' conception of `complex irony',(1) even though his work on this issue has come to be the definitive word on Socratic irony for many Plato scholars in recent years.
Schlegel's assertion about Socratic irony that "in it everything should be playful and everything should be serious" (Lyceum Fragment 108) is once again a helpful hint.
The Ion exhibits Socratic irony at work on a rhapsodist who is proud of his skill in the recitation of poetry.
What is known as Socratic irony takes the form of pretended ignorance as a means of leading on and eventually confounding an opponent.