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Socratic Dialogues by Mind Map: Socratic Dialogues
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Socratic Dialogues

Dialogue w/ Thrasymachus

Question: What is right?

Answer: Might makes right (Thrasymachus)

Argument: Rulers make bad laws (Socrates)

Polemarchus agrees with Socrates

General Dialogues

Definition is given by opponent

Find flaws in definitions; slowly unravels

Opponent is forced to admit ignorance of the subject

Always relates big question back to four cardinal virtues: courage, temperence, justice, and prudence

Dialogue w/ Euthyphro

Question: What is Piety?

Answer: That which is loved by the gods, Argument: Some things are not loved by all the gods

Answer: The love of just human actions

Answer: Serving the gods, Prayer only asks of them, Sacrifice only gives back to them what they have given

Dialogue w/ Diotima (roles are reversed)

Question: What is love?

Answer: Starts w/ love of physical things, Becomes love of virtue (courage, temperence, justice)

Dialogue w/ Meno

Question: What is virtue?

Answer: Virtue is relative; everyone has own virtue, Not a cohesive, universal definition; Socrates demands one definition

Answer: Virtue is power of governing mankind; might makes right, Slaves and children do not have power yet they may be virtuous

Answer: Virtue is the desire of honorable things and the power to attain them, Does not allow for temperence, one of the cardinal virtues

Socrates claims that anamnesis is only way to become virtuous