The "Socratic dialogues" Paul Valéry form a significant part of his prose work. Unlike what happens in Plato or Xenophon them no intention to draw a portrait of Socrates, or take support on the historical figure that would give body to the character. The "conversations" exchanged between the Athenian and some of their relatives are not passed as "Socrates said"; They are, in any case, the literary scaffolding that serves the author to present certain philosophical or aesthetic issues of interest.
Eupalinos or Architect (1921), written at the request of a prestigious French architecture magazine text is a dialogue of the dead, or more precisely, a meeting of the "vain shadows" of Socrates and Phaedrus in the "pale mansion" of Hades . There is discussed around the title character in the piece, a builder of temples of Megara, whose prominent office is "precious matter for the phil...read more