For a recent, well-informed, and convincing argument in favor of a positive answer, see Nicolas Zaks, "Socratic Elenchus
in the Sophist," Apeiron (forthcoming).
We captured 521 adult male Elenchus
koebelei using the mobile light trap: 284 from the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Research Reserve on the Atlantic, and 237 from Wakulla Beach on the Gulf of Mexico.
The Protagoras makes the two senses of aporia and its relationship to elenchus
(30) Fine afirma lo siguiente sobre este punto: "The theory of recollection is introduced to vindicate, not to vitiate, Socrates' claims about the power of the elenchus
" (1992: 214).
Indeed at one time, elenchus
meant reproach and examination.
Although I like the method of Elenchus
, I recognize that it can be a problematic one if discussions go on tangents.
Reeve argues that Socrates' trust in the daimonion was rational because it was grounded in arguments; Socrates derived the authority of the daimonion and of divine commands in general through the elenchus
. (8) Once he had established the general reliability of the gods, he did not need to justify obeying their individual commands.
The Socratic method of elenchus
was not the teaching Socrates transmitted to his opponents, less clever than him, but just the stimulation of rational inquiries at all the participants.
From dialogue based on the dialogus, on dialectics and elenchus
(Socrates and Plato), through religious dialogue as communion (Buber) and the 'fusion of horizons' (Gadamer), through dialogue as the' ideal speech community' and redemption of validity claims inherent in ordinary discourse (Habermas), to dialogue as the 'great conversation of mankind' (Oakshott) and minimalist conversational ethics as the basis for civility (Rorty), the experiment of Western dialogue indicates a shift from questions of ontology and argumentative logic (dialectics) to forms of non-dialectical dialogue where the nature and conditions of dialogue emulates more closely the practical and everyday aspects on conversation.
200E-1A; my emphasis) The positive descriptions of what Socrates takes himself to be doing with his famous dialogic 'technique' (the elenchus
: roughly, 'refutation') are as famously provocative as they are revealing.
The book was attacked by Noel Beda, then defended in Erasmus's Elenchus
, Divinationes add notata Bedae, and Supputatio calumniarum Natalis Bedae, ultimately to no avail, since the Faculty of Theology in Paris condemned the Paraphrases in 1527.