Enseñar la sophrosyne: el uso del elenchos del Sócrates de Jenofonte

Translated title of the contribution: Teaching sophrosyne: The use of the elenchos by Xenophon's Socrates

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The Socratic elenchos in Xenophon's work plays a central role even though it may seem to have a secondary part. The following article aims to work on the xenophontic characterization of the Socratic elenchos, as well as his assessment from the point of view of its educational qualities. In this sense, the socratic elenchos potentialities will be analyzed in three directions: first, the strictly formative dimension; secondly, its role for acting in political affairs; and, finally, his contribution to the acquisition of the sophrosyne. Through this analysis I will explain why the portrait made by Xenophon of the Socratic elenchos should be understood as supplementary to the portraits made by others (like Plato) and not as an alternative to them.

Translated title of the contributionTeaching sophrosyne: The use of the elenchos by Xenophon's Socrates
Original languageSpanish
Article numbere03108
JournalRevista Archai
Issue number31
StatePublished - 18 Feb 2021


  • Education
  • Elenchos
  • Politics
  • Sophrosyne
  • Xenophon

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Law
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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