This scholarly volume proposes protreptic as a radically new way of reading Plato’s dialogues leading to enhanced student engagement in learning and inquiry.
Through analysis of Platonic dialogues including Crito, Euthyphro, Meno, and Republic, the text highlights Socrates’ ways of fostering and encouraging self-examination and conscionable reflection. By focusing his work on Socrates’ use of protreptic, Marshall proposes a practical approach to reading Plato, illustrating how his writings can be used to enhance intrinsic motivation amongst students, and help them develop the thinking skills required for democratic and civic engagement.
This engaging volume will be of interest to doctoral students, researchers, and scholars concerned with Plato’s dialogues, the philosophy of education, and ancient philosophy more broadly, as well as post-graduate students interested in moral and values education research.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A Top-Down Approach: Refining Protreptic through Platonic Thought Experiments
Chapter 2: A Bottom-Up Approach: Reimagining Protreptic by Examining Socrates
Chapter 3: Would the Two Approaches Be Legitimate?
Chapter 4: Would the Two Approaches Be Valuable Enough?
Chapter 5: The Two Approaches in Action
Mason Marshall is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pepperdine University, US.