Commentary on Edmunds

Commentary on Edmunds I feel great sympathy with much of Lowell Edmunds' project. Like him I believe (and have argued, in the paper to which he so kindly refers) that the Aristophanic Socrates is not a mere caricature, but a serious portrait and criticism of certain aspects of that philos - opher's methods and beliefs. I welcome his attempt to add to this picture of the Clouds a new element, namely a reading of the role of the Chorus that ascribes to it, too, a serious part in the business of examining Socrates. What I would like to do here is simply, first, to raise several questions about some of Edmunds' specific claims. Then I shall try to vindicate Aristophanes from the charge that Edmunds makes towards the end of his paper: the charge of being "unable or unwilling" to see the depth and complexity of the Socratic way of life. I shall do this by making a suggestion of my own about the role of the Chorus that will ena - ble me to make some general observations about the Socratic method in ethics, its assumptions and its limitations. I would like to suggest -- as I did in my http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy Online Brill

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Copyright 1986 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1059-986X
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10.1163/2213441785X00139
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I feel great sympathy with much of Lowell Edmunds' project. Like him I believe (and have argued, in the paper to which he so kindly refers) that the Aristophanic Socrates is not a mere caricature, but a serious portrait and criticism of certain aspects of that philos - opher's methods and beliefs. I welcome his attempt to add to this picture of the Clouds a new element, namely a reading of the role of the Chorus that ascribes to it, too, a serious part in the business of examining Socrates. What I would like to do here is simply, first, to raise several questions about some of Edmunds' specific claims. Then I shall try to vindicate Aristophanes from the charge that Edmunds makes towards the end of his paper: the charge of being "unable or unwilling" to see the depth and complexity of the Socratic way of life. I shall do this by making a suggestion of my own about the role of the Chorus that will ena - ble me to make some general observations about the Socratic method in ethics, its assumptions and its limitations. I would like to suggest -- as I did in my

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Published: Jan 1, 1985

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