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Subject/Keyword
Lesser Hippias, Plato
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Hussain, Rubina Kareem
Supervisor and department
Studer, Heidi (Political Science)
Examining committee member and department
Lynn-George, Michael (History and Classics)
Craig, Leon (Political Science)
Department
Department of Political Science
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-01-12T20:52:49Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
If wonder is the beginning of philosophy, then Plato’s Lesser Hippias is not wanting in this regard. In it, we encounter a Socrates that appears to be very different than the one we meet in other Platonic dialogues for this Socrates puts forth strange and terrible views. Indeed, he seems to argue that the liar and truthful man are one and the same and that to do injustice voluntarily is better than to do it involuntarily. Needless to say, the unfolding of these arguments leave many perplexed. Yet since Socrates ends by doubting his own conclusion, explaining that it was the necessary result of the argument, we are invited to re-read the dialogue with an eye to examining the steps of the argument in hopes of making sense of this perplexing piece of work.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3H028
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