• Socrates and Plato on Poetry

      Smith, Nicholas D.; Lewis and Clark College (2007-10-01)
      This paper contrasts Socrates’ attitude towards poetry in the early dialogues with the sharply critical view of poetry expressed in Plato’s Republic. The difference between these two views constitutes further evidence for a developmentalist interpretation of Plato.
    • Socratic Ignorance

      Matthews, Gareth B.; University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2003-01-01)
      In Plato’s Apology, Socrates famously claimed to know nothing. This Socratic claim to ignorance pervades all of Plato’s early dialogues, and it raises many puzzling questions. By working through these puzzles, we can come to understand the figure of Socrates much better, and we can also gain some insight into the nature and purpose of philosophy.