Comments on K. Sayre, “Dialectic in Plato’s late dialogues”

  • Mark A. Johnstone


A brief overview of Kenneth Sayre’s paper, “Dialectic in Plato’s Late Dialogues,” followed by critical discussion. I invite Sayre to clarify his views on the nature of the method of hypothesis in Plato, and on its relationships to Socratic dialectic and to the method of collection and division. I then ask whether we should think of Plato as aware, at the time of writing his dialogues, of weaknesses in the various methods of conducting philosophical inquiry he has his characters employ. Finally, I ask whether the method of reading Plato Sayre recommends at the end of his paper, to the extent it is novel, is likely to prove fruitful.


Plato’s Late Dialogues, Socratic dialectic, method of hypothesis, philosophical inquiry

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JOHNSTONE, Mark A.. Comments on K. Sayre, “Dialectic in Plato’s late dialogues”. PLATO JOURNAL: The Journal of the International Plato Society, [S.l.], v. 16, p. 91-94, july 2017. ISSN 2183-4105. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 july 2019.