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Platonic Dialectic: The Path And The Goal

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Platonic dialectician is a person who, in a certain sense, leaves the human realm behind. He is lifted to a level that transcends human existence and that brings him into proximity with the god: he becomes daim¯ontonic dialectic replaces an older art of disputation that already existed. Plato calls this antilogik¯e and eristik¯e tekhn¯e, the art of contradiction and of argument. Plato's dialectic is contained in the dialogues in which one should think and that which is preserved in writing can be communicated to the receptive reader in the sense of an original awakening of genuine philosophical insight. The theological aspect of dialectic appears, finally, with this feeling of the happiness that occurs during the vision. Eudaimonia is the privilege of gods and divine beings. If it is to be found among humans, it must be attributed to the divine.

Keywords: eudaimonia ; god; plato; platonic dialectic

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