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Platonic Dialogue and the Education of the Reader
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Communication between an account giver and an account receiver does not just happen; both author and receiver need to fulfil their responsibilities if communication between them is to be productive. By encouraging us to view our responsibilities as receivers as analogous to other moral responsibilities, or as a subcategory of moral activity, Plato’s texts motivate us to take an active role in ensuring that we are good receivers and they empower us to make some difference at least to the success of our engagement with them.

In addition, we can see by now that a concern with the different aspects of successful communication is more than an isolated problem raised in one puzzling passage in Phaedrus: anxiety about receivership forms a strong strand running through the dialogues. The dialogues ask us to reflect on the difficulties in relation to a wide range of types of account, including definitions, narratives such as myths which are embedded within a dialogue, and whole dialogues themselves; and they raise parallel concerns in relation to various modes of communication—written and spoken, conversational dialogue, and speaking before a crowd.

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Lia | 522 comments Mod
This sounds a lot like what Odysseus is doing — taking responsibilities as account giver and getting to know his account receivers before telling his stories.

Maybe Odysseus isn’t just a liar, he’s a philosopher.


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