This Dialogue begins abruptly with a question of Meno, who asks, 'whether virtue can be taught.' Socrates replies that he does not as yet know what virtue is, and has never known anyone who did.
Socrates reminds Meno that this is only an enumeration of the virtues and not a definition of the notion which is common to them all.
The principal characters in the Republic are Cephalus, Polemarchus, Thrasymachus, Socrates, Glaucon, and Adeimantus.
He is eager that Socrates should come to visit him, fond of the poetry of the last generation, happy in the consciousness of a well-spent life, glad at having escaped from the tyranny of youthful lusts.
In what relation the Apology of Plato stands to the real defence of Socrates, there are no means of determining.
Yet some of the topics may have been actually used by Socrates; and the recollection of his very words may have rung in the ears of his disciple.
The Crito seems intended to exhibit the character of Socrates in one light only, not as the philosopher, fulfilling a divine mission and trusting in the will of heaven, but simply as the good citizen, who having been unjustly condemned is willing to give up his life in obedience to the laws of the state...
The days of Socrates are drawing to a close; the fatal ship has been seen off Sunium, as he is informed by his aged friend and contemporary Crito, who visits him before the dawn has broken; he himself has been warned in a dream that on the third day he must depart.
is ill' is the contrary of 'Socrates
is well', but not even of such composite expressions is it true to say that one of the pair must always be true and the other false.
Take such a proposition as "Socrates
precedes Plato." Here the word "precedes" is just as solid as the words "Socrates
" and "Plato"; it MEANS a relation, but is not a relation.
(though this is what Socrates
regards as a proof that a city is entirely one), for the word All is used in two senses; if it means each individual, what Socrates
proposes will nearly take place; for each person will say, this is his own son, and his own wife, and his own property, and of everything else that may happen to belong to him, that it is his own.
The antient philosophers, such as Socrates
, Alcibiades, and others, did not use to argue with their scholars.