A performance of the Euthydemus in an English adaptation. The Euthydemus did more than most of Plato’s works to give a bad name to the 'sophists', itinerant teachers whom he will have encountered in his youth when some of them clashed with his hero Socrates. Here his dialogue about two sophists is transferred to a twentieth-century setting, Princeton University, where the adaptation was performed and tape-recorded in 1958. Local faculty and students, speaking in their own names, take the parts of Plato's characters, giving a dramatic and sometimes comical lesson as to how philosophical inquiry ought to be conducted. In order of appearance, the roles are:
Professor C.C. Pratt as Crito, a crony of Socrates;
Professor Carl Hempel as Socrates;
John Lucas as Euthydemus, a visiting sophist;
Donald Clemons as Ctesippus, a young man;
Richard Sykes as Dionysodorus, another visiting sophist;
Carlotta Sherwood (alias ‘Valerie Stephens’) as Cleinias, Ctesippus’ beloved.
Page numbers against parts below, such as ‘275b 5 – 278e 1’, are for those who wish to match their listening with a written text or translation of Plato. Brief descriptions of what is going on in each part are visible at itunes.ox.ac.uk; to see them at podcasts.ox.ac.uk, click on the RSS button. The ‘Introduction’ explains more.
Euthydemus introduction (PDF) (Slides)
Introductory document on the Euthydemus dialogue series. To read this document, please see 'Download Media' section at the bottom right of this page and click on 'Document'.
Euthydemus English Text (Slides)
The Euthydemus of Plato. To read this document, please see 'Download Media' section To read this document, please see 'Download Media' section at the bottom right of this page and click on 'Document'.
Euthydemus part 1 - 271a 1 - 272d. 6
Track 1 -271a 1 - 272d. 6 - Pratt asks Hempel about the sophists.
Euthydemus part 2 - 272d 7 - 275b 4
Track 2 272d 7 - 275b 4 - Hempel inquires into the sophists' profession.
Euthydemus part 3 - 275b 5 - 278e 1
Track 3 - 275b 5 - 278e 1 The sophists set to work on Valerie: Is learning possible?
Euthydemus part 4 - 278e2-282d3
Track 4 - 278e2-282d3 - Hempel questions Valerie: Intelligence (sophia) alone is really good.