HomeΦιλοσοφια: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 22 no. 2 (2021)

PLATONIC METHODOLOGICAL ALTERATIONS: ELENCHUS, DIALECTICS, AND DIAERESIS

Abdolrasool Hasanifar | Seyedmohsen Alavipour

 

Abstract:

Whether all the Platonic dialogues are parts of an inconsistent or consistent body is a controversial subject of philosophy. Indeed, though in form all the texts are written dialogically, in content, one might recognize methodological alterations in Platonic thought from the 1st book of The Republic to later dialogues such as The Statesman and The Laws. However, how much this methodological alteration might affect the content of Plato’s political philosophy, the relation between the rupture in the method of contemplation on the one hand and the structure of the Platonic ideal Polis is still a subject not seriously explored yet. Exploring the characteristics of the three different methods used in Plato’s different dialogues, the present study attempts to show that in the light of the methodological alteration, one might realize how Platonic understanding of the good society has changed from The Republic to The Statesman and The Laws.