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Socrates Failure Socrates is of course a historical figure For our purposes he is a figment of Platos imagination Similar to the ending of a movie saying all characters are fictional and any similarity in name or personality is strictly coincidental Im sure you know what Im talking about From the beginning then we must consider that all of Platos works are fictional We must also consider the fact that these arguments were totally constructed from one mind as opposed to the many that are represented in the text It makes a difference when one person is arguing both sides of the argument In the Phaedrus Socrates outlines what a good speech consists of Every good speech must be put together like a living creature with a body of its own it must be neither without heads nor without legs and it must have a middle and extremities that are fitting both to one another and to the whole work Plato 246c First of all a creature is made up of all the same kind of parts This may sound strange but consider an automobile An auto made by Ford is entirely made of Ford parts A Chevrolet is composed of strictly Chevy parts and so on This applies to an argument How do we decide what is part of an argument and what is not This is the next logical question The answer is to this question is not simple How many digressions are allowed before we decide that the argument has lost its form That cannot be easily answered We already know that every argument that Socrates makes is very complex with many digressions and several people usually involved A creature has many different parts with various functions yet they all serve the same purpose keeping the creature alive to see another day When considering Platos Meno and deciphering the arguments in the text we must
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