Saving Private Socrates « Il faut sauver le soldat Socrate » : Entretien sur le discours d'Alcibiade du Banquet de Platon.

Abstract : The speech of Alcibiades in Plato's Symposium is often neglected or altered, falsified. So Nietzsche, Lacan, and even Vlastos (to a lesser extent), in turn, overlooked one or several crucial aspects of Socrates' portrait, drawn by Alcibiades. But these repeated misunderstandings are only the recurrent symptoms of the non-acceptance of who Socrates truly was in all his uniqueness and idiosyncrasy. Already, in antiquity, Xenophon could not help but omit an essential aspect of the personality of the 5th Century philosopher: the proverbial ignorance that Socrates claimed every time. In an opposite way, if it was necessary to summarize in three words the healthy, non falsified apologetic enterprise of Plato, the expression Saving Private Socrates (to paraphrase the title of a famous movie of Steven Spielberg) would be appropriate. It is indeed Socrates as soldier and as private man who is represented by Alcibiades in Symposium. It is indeed the speech of Private Socrates on happiness and justice that Plato tried to save (boèthein) in the dialogues of the median period.
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Jean-Luc Périllié. Saving Private Socrates « Il faut sauver le soldat Socrate » : Entretien sur le discours d'Alcibiade du Banquet de Platon. . 2016. ⟨hal-01299657v2⟩

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