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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 - Platonic Dialogue Oxford University

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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 English Text (Slides)

    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 12 - 304b 6 - end

    Euthydemus part 12 - 304b 6 - end

    Track 12 - 304b 6 - end - Hempel comments to Pratt.

    • 6 min
    Euthydemus part 11 - 300e 1 - 304b 5

    Euthydemus part 11 - 300e 1 - 304b 5

    Track 11 - 300e 1 - 304b 5 - Hempel is enmeshed.

    • 5 min
    Euthydemus part 10 - 296e 4 - 300d 9

    Euthydemus part 10 - 296e 4 - 300d 9

    Track 10 - 296e 4 - 300d 9 - The same: Identity and predication.

    • 7 min
    Euthydemus part 9 - 293b 1- 296e 3

    Euthydemus part 9 - 293b 1- 296e 3

    Track 9 - 293b 1- 296e 3 - Hempel, the sophists, Clemons: Being competent (epistemon; have ability=epistasthai).

    • 8 min
    Euthydemus part 8 - 290e 1-293a 9

    Euthydemus part 8 - 290e 1-293a 9

    Track 8 - 290e1-293a9 - Hempel reports to Pratt, and then the encounter resumes.

    • 4 min

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