Sachs Republic Resized“A debater treats the other speaker as someone who can only be right if he himself is wrong, whom he must defeat at all costs. In a conversation, though, we generally have the decency to accept the things another person says, at least temporarily and tentatively. If we disagree, and take the matter seriously, we might say ‘If that’s true, doesn’t such-and-such follow?’ or ‘Doesn’t that depend on assuming so-and-so?’ At such a point dialectic has begun, and the give-and-take that ensues is nothing like the back-and-forth of a debate.” — From Joe Sachs’ introduction of his translation of Plato’s Republic

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