The Socratic Quest: The Dialogue Between Socrates And Hippias

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‘The Socratic Quest’ is a dialogue between Socrates and Hippias that sparks a dramatic yet philosophic debate. Socrates shows the difficulty of the search for definite explanations of assertions and this is what Plato strives for within his dialogues. These dialogues allow for the existence of actual entities and this allows Plato to justify the search for their exact meaning. Plato’s dialogues are brief in the sense that they collectively propose a key Socratic question that regards the vagueness of Socrates’ claim; trying to understand the essence of something by asking for fundamental definitions. The dialogue between Socrates and Hippias is a search for the meaning of the essential defining feature while judging the commonly accepted standard. The attempt to understand and answer the question of “What is beauty?” leads us to question what something potentially is, and what something actually is. The opening of this dialogue displays Socrates as the main protagonist, who is attempting to discover the true meaning of ‘beauty’. Socrates is reflecting on a discussion he had previously whereby he failed to answer the question and is now seeking some enlightenment from Hippias. Although it may be easy to say that Socrates is being sarcastic throughout the conversation, it is important to note that Socrates was aware of his own ignorance, and did not claim he had an answer to the question of “What is beauty?” However, he did feel as though he could judge Hippias’ answer. After

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