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Euthydemus, B. Jowett, Trans.
Plato

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This etext was prepared by Sue Asscher  

EUTHYDEMUS 

by Plato 

Translated by Benjamin Jowett 

INTRODUCTION. 

The Euthydemus, though apt to be regarded by us only as an elaborate jest,
has also a very serious purpose.  It may fairly claim to be the oldest
treatise on logic; for that science originates in the misunderstandings
which necessarily accompany the first efforts of speculation.  Several of
the fallacies which are satirized in it reappear in the Sophistici Elenchi
of Aristotle and are retained at the end of our manuals of logic.  But if
the order of history were followed, they should be placed not at the end
but at the beginning of them; for they belong to the age in which the human

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