The Alcibiades is a dialogue between Socrates and Alcibiades centering on the question of what knowledge one needs for public life. The question soon turns to the teachablility of virtue and the importance of self-knowledge as a starting point for any leader.
For centuries The Alcibiades was considered the best entry point for new students of Plato due to its loving and honest exchanges, shedding light on what Socrates really means when he encourages that we follow after virtue and knowledge.
Difficulty: We can expect a high-level discussion that remains relevant to all members due to the ethical/universal subject matter and dialogue format of the reading. We are trying to develop our own interpretive skills, so no need for secondary literature that will do this work for us.
Hopefully none. We aren't here to evaluate the truth of the text, but to determine ways in which such a truth could be evaluated. Each can draw their own conclusions from the various approaches we develop.