Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 19, Issue 1, Fall 2014

S. Montgomery Ewegen
Pages 15-32

'An Inconsistent Ado About Matters of No Consequence'
Comic Turns in Plato's "Euthydemus"

Scholarship on the Euthydemus has largely focused on the protreptic character of the Euthydemus—that is, the manner by which Socrates attempts to turn the young Cleinias toward philosophy. By focusing on the dramatic structure of the text, and above all its comic tenor, this article argues that it is Crito—he to whom Socrates tells his hilarious story of his encounter with the two sophist-brothers—who is the real object of Socrates’s protreptic speech.