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Politics in Socrates’ Alcibiades: A Philosophical Account of Plato’s Dialogue Alcibiades Major, written by Andre Archie

In: Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought
Author: Jakub Jirsa1
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Politics in Socrates’ Alcibiades: A Philosophical Account of Plato’s Dialogue Alcibiades Major. Cham: Springer, 2015. xii + 144 pp. $54.99. isbn 9783319152684 (pbk).

Andre Archie claims to argue that ‘Socrates redirects Alcibiades’ political ambition to rule over the Athenian people by generalizing the notion of argument’ (p. 3).1 The change of ambition is most probably the case since the dialogue ends with Alcibiades’ proclaimed determination to ‘cultivate justice (or righteousness)’ (Alc.i., 135e4-5). However, Alcibiades proclamation is immediately followed by Socrates’ scepticism which is the last rejoinder of the text. The ending of

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