Socrates’ elenctic method: an addition to “Paideia, progress, puzzlement”.

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Herbert Hrachovec has recently published a paper (Hrachovec 2018) about the notion of Paideia – with special regard to the allegory of the cave – in Plato’s republic, which is argued to be a quite hegemonic endeavor. Hrachovec, in the last section of his paper, contrasts Plato’s views with a „paideia-free story of self-fulfillment“ by introducing thoughts of Wittgenstein. The thread at hand tries to add something to this discussion by pointing to the difference between a maieutic and an elenctic kind of Paideia, which can be associated with the earlier and the later Platonic dialogues.

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