In Defense of Socratic Studies

  • J. Angelo Corlett


This chapter defines and critically discusses “The Socratic Question,” which asks whether or not it is justified to attribute to either the historical Socrates or Plato’s Socrates any proposition of philosophical substance found in Plato’s dialogues. It discusses the Socratic Question largely in the context of the discussion found in Thomas C. Brickhouse and Nicholas D. Smith , Socratic Moral Psychology. In the end, it is argued that just as many philosophers commit themselves to some or another version of the Mouthpiece Interpretation of Plato’s dialogues pertinent to the Platonic Question, Brickhouse and Smith appear to commit themselves to some version of the Mouthpiece Interpretation relative to the Socratic Question. However, various difficulties loom for the Mouthpiece Interpretation of the Socratic Question.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Angelo Corlett
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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