This quantity presents the 1st complete, political and philosophically rigorous account of Plato’s discussion Alcibiades Major. The ebook argues that Alcibiades Major accomplishes its aim, that's to redirect Alcibiades’ political objectives, no longer by way of arguing for particular propositions in response to particular premises. The discussion accomplishes its aim through generalizing the idea of argument to incorporate appeals to Alcibiades’ doxastic attitudes towards his skill and data to develop into a robust ruler of the Greek people.
One such doxastic angle that Alcibiades holds approximately himself, and person who Socrates deftly disabuses him of, is that he doesn't need to domesticate himself to be aggressive with the neighborhood, Athenian politicians. Socrates reminds Alcibiades that his precise rivals aren't Athenian politicians, yet quite the Spartan and Persian kings. for this reason, the mental momentum of the discussion is encouraged by means of Socrates’ target to engender the precise kind of ideals in Alcibiades.