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Jowett, in his always informative introduction, sees this dialogue as transitional between the early and middle dialogues. Socrates meets with Protagoras and other sophists and pursues his inquiry into virtue. The dialectic brings the thinkers to a surprising ending. Socrates narrates this dialogue.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Socratic thesis that virtue is knowledge. This is an aspect of the truth which was lost almost as soon as it was found; and yet has to be recovered by every one for himself who would pass the limits of proverbial and popular philosophy. The moral and intellectual are always dividing, yet they must be reunited, and in the highest conception of them are inseparable. The thesis of Socrates is not merely a hasty assumption, but may be also deemed an anticipation of some 'metaphysic of the future,' in which the divided elements of human nature are reconciled.


PERSONS OF THE DIALOGUE: Socrates, who is the narrator of the Dialogue to his Companion. Hippocrates, Alcibiades and Critias. Protagoras, Hippias and Prodicus (Sophists). Callias, a wealthy Athenian.

SCENE: The House of Callias.

COMPANION: Where do you come from, Socrates? And yet I need hardly ask the question, for I know that you have been in c. . . Read More

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امروز بر آن شدی که روح خود را به سوفیستی بسپاری تا آن را بپروراند. میدانی سوفیست کیست؟ اگر پاسخ این سوال را ندانی معلوم خواهد شد نمیدانی روح خود را به چگونه کسی می سپاری و روح تو را بدتر خواهد ساخت یا بهتر.

.پروتاگوراس محاوره ای درباره تربیت است. در آغاز هیپوکراتس را می بینیم که با شوق زیادی نزد سقرا

But you cannot buy the wares of knowledge and carry them away in another vessel; when you have paid for them you must receive them into the soul and go your way, either greatly harmed or greatly benefited

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