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It is known that Socrates has many dialogues that involve a single thought or point of his This early dialogue Hippias Minor is a great example of that The dialogue goes along very detailed and methodically surrounding one point It shows us the readers a different way to go about understanding Socrates thought process Even though the dialogue may be somewhat short you can sort of figure out just what Socrates is thinking By just reading each sentence you can tell what he is trying to get at or if he is just rambling on just for the heck of it I think each dialogue begins to show sides of Socrates personality especially when you read Hippias Minor I have to go into agreement with the commentary that this dialogue evolves around one single area of Socratic thought Whether the truthful person and the liar are of the same The dialogue begins with Hippias and Socrates having a friendly conversation of intellect Socrates wants to know who is the better of Odysseus and Achilles The great claim by Homer is that Achilles was the best as Odysseus was of the complex one Hippias has just finished a so-called great intellectual lecture in front of many in Olympia He seems somewhat drained as I have interpreted Now here is Socrates waiting to pounce by applying his ability to boggle another great mind of wisdom He asks Hippias who he thinks is the better of the two This is when Socrates decides to take over in my opinion I think he knows that he is of great wisdom as is Hippias but Socrates knows when he can over match someone The dialogue now begins to go back and forth mainly with Hippias agreeing with what Socrates has to say Socrates is mainly asking several questions but also throws in his answers to those questions as he goes along They are not necessarily the correct answers but I
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