Editors’ Introduction: Why Clarifying Socrates’ Motives Matters for Platonic Philosophy

  • Paul J. Diduch
  • Michael P. Harding
Part of the Recovering Political Philosophy book series (REPOPH)


Diduch and Harding explain that the question of why Socrates pursues dialectical conversations with a range of interlocutors must be clarified if one is to fully understand Socrates’ way of life. To better help the reader survey the terrain of this problem, the editors then limn the two competing interpretive camps, showing how each major position on Socrates’ motive commits itself to questionable and potentially problematic assumptions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Montgomery CollegeGermantownUSA

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