Hugh H. BensonClitophon’s Challenge: Dialectic in Plato’s Meno, Phaedo, and Republic. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. x + 318 pp. $65.00. isbn 9780199324835 (hbk).This important study occupies a place in the literature closest to Richard Robinson’s influential Plato’s Earlier Dialectic.1 Or rather, it occupies a place comparable to the second part of that book (‘Dialectic’), the issues raised by the first (‘Elenchus’) having already been treated in depth in Benson’s Socratic Wisdom.2 The present work is no retread of Robinson, however. It offers fresh interpretations of the core issues and texts, and in several ways it covers more ground than Robinson’s work, including a chapter on the idea of learning from others in the ‘elenctic’ dialogues as well as nearly a hundred closely-argued pages on the last two thirds of the Meno (a dialogue to which Robinson devotes only nine pages).Benson’s book deserves the careful attention of anyone interested in Plato’s conception of philosophical inquiry and of anyone engaged in detailed exegesis of the texts it treats. Although written in dense, argumentative prose, the book provides an appealingly unified vision of the methodology at work in those texts. Indeed, it advances as rich a program for understanding
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