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Prompts for Participation in Early Philosophical Texts

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This paper proceeds from the idea that philosophical texts, given their ultimately transformative objectives, require of readers and auditors certain kinds of active engagement. It provides a narratological study of Platonic dialogues and Isokratean discourse in order to suggest a more open view of textuality in early fourth century philosophical practices. The chapter then demonstrates how some of Plato's narrated dialogues (Phaedo, Euthydemus) model and privilege this sort of intrusion into reported events. It focuses on Phaedo and also look again at Euthydemus in an effort to distinguish how the audience can be made to participate in retellings and mimetic representations of philosophical narrative.

Keywords:Euthydemus; Isokrate; Phaedo; philosophical texts; Plato



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