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Euthydemus | Plato, Aeterna Press
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THE Euthydemus, though apt to be regarded by us only as an elaborate jest, has also a very serious purpose. It may fairly claim to be the oldest treatise on logic; for that science originates in the misunderstandings which necessarily accompany the first efforts of speculation. Several of the fallacies which are satirized in it reappear in the Sophistici Elenchi of Aristotle and are retained at the end of our manuals of logic. But if the order of history were followed, they should be placed not at the end but at the beginning of them; for they belong to the age in which the human mind was first making the attempt to distinguish thought from sense, and to separate the universal from the particular or individual. Aeterna Press
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Plato does Aristophanes, with mixed results. Some madcap, zany philosophising by the two antilogician bros Euthydemus & Dionysodorus & Socrates adopting a confusedLarryDavid.gif vibe. Socrates is in search of true knowledge, but through the form of this comedic dialogue Plato shows how the sophistry of the Sophists clouds the attempts at true knowledge. It's clever, if a bit laboured at times. It's also a perfect encapsulation of social media.

Graywacke Are you reading through Plato? Fun review! 1mo
sarahbarnes This review is fabulous. 💅 1mo
batsy @Graywacke Not all of it this year I don't think, but I'm hoping to get through a significant portion 🙂 I'm trying to follow this guide because I want to become familiar with classical philosophy https://wutheringexpectations.blogspot.com/2023/01/please-read-greek-philosophy-... 1mo
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batsy @sarahbarnes Thank you! 💁🏽‍♀️😁 1mo
Graywacke @batsy the link is dangerous. I‘m still trying to hide from philosophy 🙂 (but you make Plato sound so fun) 1mo
batsy @Graywacke He is! Fun and a lot of work, lol. I just approach it from a literary angle and think of his dialogues as plays so that I don't get intimidated by the content 🙃 1mo
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