Diagnosis and Inconsistency in the Axiochus

Albert Joosse*

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The Socrates of the dialogue Axiochus seems to advance incompatible arguments in his attempt to cure Axiochus of his fear of death. Is this incompatibility a foreseen and accepted consequence of the author’s therapeutic strategy? This paper argues that it is rather an intended and functional inconsistency: it serves to stimulate critical thinking in order to anchor philosophical conviction more deeply in the reader’s soul. The paper musters support for this reading by drawing attention to the different levels of inconsistency in the dialogue; the multiple ways in which the text thematizes inconsistency; the importance of exercising judgement in the text; and the motivating concern of superficial persuasion.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1-18
Aantal pagina's18
TijdschriftThe International Journal of the Platonic Tradition
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
Vroegere onlinedatum1-dec.-2021
StatusPublished - apr.-2023
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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