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Euthydemus - Platonic Dialogue

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.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Euthydemus introduction (PDF) Introductory document on the Euthydemus dialogue series. Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
2 Euthydemus English Text The Euthydemus of Plato. To read this document, please see 'Download Media' section Christopher Kirwan 15 Feb 2017
3 Euthydemus part 1 - 271a 1 - 272d. 6 Track 1 -271a 1 - 272d. 6 - Pratt asks Hempel about the sophists. Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
4 Euthydemus part 2 - 272d 7 - 275b 4 Track 2 272d 7 - 275b 4 - Hempel inquires into the sophists' profession. Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
5 Euthydemus part 3 - 275b 5 - 278e 1 Track 3 - 275b 5 - 278e 1 The sophists set to work on Valerie: Is learning possible? Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
6 Euthydemus part 4 - 278e2-282d3 Track 4 - 278e2-282d3 - Hempel questions Valerie: Intelligence (sophia) alone is really good. Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
7 Euthydemus part 5 - 282d 4 - 285a 1 Track 5 - 282d 4 - 285a 1 - the sophists tackle Hempel; Clemons is nettled. Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
8 Euthydemus part 6 - 285a 2-288b 2 Track 6 - 285a2-288 b2 - More with Clemons: Falsehood is impossible. Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
9 Euthydemus part 7 - 288b 3 - 290d 8 Track 7 288b 3 - 290d 8 - Hempel resumes with Valerie: Which mastery (episteme) is best? Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
10 Euthydemus part 8 - 290e 1-293a 9 Track 8 - 290e1-293a9 - Hempel reports to Pratt, and then the encounter resumes. Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
11 Euthydemus part 9 - 293b 1- 296e 3 Track 9 - 293b 1- 296e 3 - Hempel, the sophists, Clemons: Being competent (epistemon; have ability=epistasthai). Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
12 Euthydemus part 10 - 296e 4 - 300d 9 Track 10 - 296e 4 - 300d 9 - The same: Identity and predication. Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
13 Euthydemus part 11 - 300e 1 - 304b 5 Track 11 - 300e 1 - 304b 5 - Hempel is enmeshed. Christopher Kirwan 24 May 2011
14 Euthydemus part 12 - 304b 6 - end Track 12 - 304b 6 - end - Hempel comments to Pratt. Christopher Kirwan 21 Jun 2011