Meno complains that the conversation of Socrates has the effect of a torpedo's shock upon him.
The existence of this latent knowledge is further proved by the interrogation of one of Meno's slaves, who, in the skilful hands of Socrates, is made to acknowledge some elementary relations of geometrical figures.
His "son and heir" Polemarchus has the frankness and impetuousness of youth; he is for detaining Socrates by force in the opening scene, and will not "let him off" on the subject of women and children.
When attacked by Glaucon he is humorously protected by Socrates "as one who has never been his enemy and is now his friend.
The statements of the Memorabilia respecting the trial and death of Socrates agree generally with Plato; but they have lost the flavour of Socratic irony in the narrative of Xenophon.
The Apology or Platonic defence of Socrates is divided into three parts:
Are these principles to be altered because the circumstances of Socrates are altered?
That Socrates was not a good citizen was a charge made against him during his lifetime, which has been often repeated in later ages.
Now if Socrates exists, it is not necessary that one should be true and the other false, for when he is not yet able to acquire the power of vision, both are false, as also if Socrates is altogether non-existent.
For manifestly, if Socrates exists, one of the two propositions 'Socrates is ill', 'Socrates is not ill', is true, and the other false.
The fact that Socrates
precedes Plato is symbolized in English by the fact that the word "precedes" occurs between the words "Socrates
" and "Plato.
If I was not as great a philosopher as Socrates
himself," returned Mrs Western, "you would overcome my patience.