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To engage in dialectic is to try to go above these 35 ANCIENT ETHICS hypotheses, and uncover their bases, ‘the unhypothetical ﬁrst principles’ (510b–511d) on which all of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, etc. depend. These ‘ﬁrst principles’ are the forms. Having grasped them, one then understands and has knowledge of arithmetic, geometry, and all the other sciences that one previously understood only ‘on a hypothesis’. The same goes for ethical truths. Dialectic aims at grasping the bases of the norms that paideia has inculcated into one’s ethical sensibility (538c).
69 Disaster will strike the city if it is ruled by those who lack the ruler’s understanding of what is good for the city, and are ﬁt instead only to be auxiliary guardians, or are unﬁt for political participation at all and hence properly relegated to the producing class. Having thus identiﬁed justice in a city, Socrates proceeds to argue that justice in a person is structurally analogous. 70 Our ability to form desires for natural goals such as food, drink, shelter, and sex as well as for objectives that go beyond the limits of necessity, corresponds to the producing class of the city.
Some pleasures are shameful, even Callicles concedes (497e–499b). Thus Callicles cannot consistently invoke hedonism, since he does not accept its central tenet, that pleasure, in and of itself, is good. Although Callicles attempts to save face by denying that he ever really meant to endorse hedonism (499b), Socrates succeeds in establishing that, even by Callicles’ own standards, living well requires the ability to discriminate between good and bad. Thus, Callicles must agree with Socrates that in order to live well one needs knowledge of good and bad.