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The following lecture is an introductory treatment of Plato’s dialogue Laches. It was given on December 20, 2000, to a circle of friends and students in Atlanta.
It was the fourth and final lecture in a class called “How to Read a Platonic Dialogue,” in which we covered the Theages, Ion, Hippias Minor, and Laches. The translation from which I read is Plato, The Dialogues of Plato, Volume 3: Ion, Hippias Minor, Laches, Protagoras, trans. R. E. Allen (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996).
This lecture was obviously recorded during cold season, but I have done everything I can to edit out the bronchial ward atmosphere. There is a brief gap around 41 minutes where the tape ran out.
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