Interpreting Plato Socratically

  • J. Angelo Corlett


This chapter provides a taxonomy of approaches to the Platonic Question and articulates the Socratic Anti-Mouthpiece Interpretation of Plato’s dialogues. It then provides in-depth criticisms of the Mouthpiece Interpretation of Plato’s dialogues, exposing various logical errors employed by its supporters. It also seeks to differentiate the Socratic Anti-Mouthpiece Interpretation from other anti-mouthpiece approaches, clarifying that while some objections to the latter might be plausible and render problematic some of the other anti-mouthpiece approaches, they do not render problematic the Socratic Anti-Mouthpiece Interpretation.


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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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