The sophists’ detractors and Plato’s representation of Socrates
MetadataShow full item record
In several dialogues Socrates criticizes negative comments made against a sophist or the sophists. I show that Socrates’ target really is the sophists’ detractor, not the sophists themselves. From these passages I draw two broader conclusions. First, Plato’s defence of Socrates’ memory sometimes relies on creating a parallel between sophists and Socrates, rather than distinguishing between them and him. Secondly, Socratic philosophical practice has a widely neglected feature: examining and correcting the criticism made by his interlocutors against others.
Long , A 2023 , ' The sophists’ detractors and Plato’s representation of Socrates ' , Apeiron . https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2022-0107
Open Access. Copyright © 2023 the author(s), published by De Gruyter. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Items in the St Andrews Research Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.