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All that Socrates appears to be doing here is to expose the inconsistent position of his interlocutor. He is using elenchus. The interlocutor claims that the gods know everything and also claims that the gods disagree about what is true. But on the unstated asssumption that those who know all that is true cannot disagree about what is true, it cannot be ...


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The Socratic method isn't meant to convince people of specific points, the way that modern (Aristotelian-based) logic is. The Socratic method is meant to bring people to understands internal contradictions in their own beliefs, so that they can make their own beliefs more philosophically consistent. In this sense, Socrates was more like a psychologist than a ...


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The Socratic method was never about discovering the truth. That's why the apparent futile ugliness the method. That's why Socrates himself looks like an evil clown, who couldn't care less about the truth, the topic they discuss, or anything whatsoever -- except, of course, for making his opponent look like a fool in the most humiliating way. That's why the ...


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