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A Defence of the Life of Philosophy: An Interpretation of Plato’s Apology

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Title: A Defence of the Life of Philosophy: An Interpretation of Plato’s Apology
Author: Karbonowska, Diana
Department: Department of Philosophy
Program: Philosophy
Advisor: Mitscherling, Jeff
Abstract: Plato’s Apology differs and stands out from the other dialogues in his corpus in regard to its style, structure and content. Socrates’s manner of speech, although inspired by examination and philosophizing, is monological and lacks the dialogical structure that other dialogues showcase. In this thesis I argue that Socrates’s manner of speech demonstrates a weakness of the nature of speech itself. An analysis of diction, expressions, tone, arguments, and topoi in Plato’s Apology will demonstrate that telling the truth is, on its own, not enough to convince or persuade someone.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/7483
Date: 2013-09
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada


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