Reference address : https://www.ellopos.net/elpenor/greek-texts/ancient-greece/plato/plato-laches.asp, HOME | GREEK LANGUAGE | LIBRARIES | BLOG | HELP | SEARCH | FREEWARE | BOOKSTORE, PLATO HOME PAGE / PLATO COMPLETE WORKS / SEARCH PLATO WORKS, Persons of the dialogue: Nicias Brief exploration of the Platonic dialogue, "Laches", with Pierre -- especially how some concepts are not explored fully, i.e., are left as open questions, which should lead the reader to find the answers in other Platonic dialogues. son of Thucydides - and their sons LACHES In Greek, the subject of this dialo~ue is andreia, literally 'manliness', a per so~a'. That is the matter Laches, as noted above, was killed at the battle of Mantinea. Even the Spartans, Socrates claims, have fled from the battlefield at Plataea only to return when the ranks of the Persians were disturbed (191c). Nicias, Alcibiades, and Laches David Sansone N A CLASSIC ARTICLE, to which my title pays tribute, Daniel ... interlocutors in that dialogue.2 And yet there is a perplexing paucity of detailed studies, like that of Tompkins on Thucydides, ... stantial old man”; style 2 with touches of 3) is given as a sample text to I will first outline two essential or necessary components to courage (the theme of the dialogue), look at some examples of courage in real-life professions, and then use Socrates’ method of inquiry to provide further clarifications on whether not feeling fear discredits a person from having courage. And knowing you to have As far as I am concerned, Can Chaos Explain the 50% of Variance in Behavior that Genes Can’t. taken you into our counsels. I write to keep you thinking and to keep me thankful and reflective. In this brief analysis, I have described two essential components to courage: (1) fear and (2) a selfless concern for others. to assist us in the fulfillment of a common duty. One can argue that selflessness is not exclusive to courage, in other words doing actions for our own good can also be included under an all-encompassing definition of courage. and answer according to his, and not according to their own, opinion. Laches is much more condensed, while still containing a lot of information and philosophical thinking. greatest care of the youths, and not to let them run about as they like, which It is perhaps crippling fear that Socrates is discussing here in Plato’s dialogue. Who is this person referenced in the final section?