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The following text is a transcript by V. S. of the introductory lecture of an eight-lecture course called The Trial of Socrates. The lecture was delivered on September 1, 1998. I have previously published six of the lectures, but the Introduction and the final lecture, on Plato’s Phaedo, were thought to be lost. (more…)
What follows is a transcription by V.S. of a lecture on Plato’s Alcibiades I. The translation of Alcibiades I referenced is by Carnes Lord in The Roots of Political Philosophy: Ten Forgotten Socratic Dialogues, ed. Thomas L. Pangle (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987). To listen to the audio in a player, click here. To download the mp3, right-click here and choose “save target as.”
Today, we’re going to be looking at Plato’s dialogue Alcibiades I. (more…)
No group of people can hope to regain control of their destiny unless they possess two essential things: the will to survive as a people, and knowledge. The reader who seeks to have a well-guided will must have an unshakable sense of identity: an understanding of who he is and his relationship to the world around him.
Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 53
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Alcibiades I
66:19 / 434 words
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This lecture on the Alcibiades I is a rather superficial overview and is shorter than the others, so it will be released in one part. The very last sentence (around 50:00 minutes) is cut off, but the gist of the missing words is that Socrates’ discussion of knowledge of ignorance aimed at shaming Alcibiades into philosophical reflection. (more…)