Clitophon's Challenge: Dialectic in Plato's Meno, Phaedo, and Republic

2016.11.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hugh H. Benson, Clitophon's Challenge: Dialectic in Plato's Meno, Phaedo, and Republic, Oxford University Press, 2015, 318pp.,
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2016.11.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hugh H. Benson, Clitophon's Challenge: Dialectic in Plato's Meno, Phaedo, and Republic, Oxford University Press, 2015, 318pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199324835. Reviewed by David Ebrey, University of Wisconsin-Madison This book provides a clear and careful account of Plato's method of inquiry in the Meno, Phaedo, and Republic. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Plato's methodology. Although I have serious disagreements with many of Hugh H. Benson's central claims, I think the book has important insights in every chapter. Moreover, its clarity makes it rewarding to engage with, since even if you disagree with Benson, you can track down why and learn from this process. The central idea of the book is that in the Meno, Phaedo, and Republic Socrates develops and applies a single method of inquiry, the method of hypothesis, which explains how we can acquire knowledge de novo, that is, how we can. . .

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