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Protagoras

Plato

Book Overview: 

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.





PROTAGORAS

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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“It makes no difference to me, provided you give the answers, whether it is your own opinion or not. I am primarily interested in testing the argument, although it may happen both that the questioner, myself, and my respondent wind up being tested.”

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“Well, then, do you say that ignorance is to

This is maybe the only dialogue I've read which was actually a dialogue. So often, a Platonic dialogue consists of little more than Socrates asking a series of questions, some of them lasting for a page or more, and then his interlocutor giving a one to three word answer. Here, Protagoras stands up

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24 January 2013

This I feel is one of Plato's later dialogues, though it is still very Socratic in form. It is believed that the main part of the dialogue (it is not really a dialogue in that it seems to be more like a retelling of an earlier event, an event which most l

وعلام تتغذى الروح يا سقراط؟
فأجبته:
على المعارف من غير شك، ولا يجب يا عزيزي أن يخدعنا السفطسطائي وهو يمدح ما يبيع، كما يفعل من يبيعون غذاء الجسد، أي تجار الجملة أو تجار التجزئة، فهؤلاء لا شك لا يعرفون إن كانت البضائع التي يتجولون بها مفيدة للجسد أم مضرة به، ولكنهم مع ذلك يمتدحون كل ما يبيعون.

“And have they not been shown to be cowards through their ignorance of dangers?
“Assuredly, he said.
And because of that ignorance they are cowards?
He assented.
And the reason why they are cowards is admitted by you to be cowardice?
He again assented.
Then the ignorance of what is and is not dangerous i

En el Protágoras se vuelve al mito prometeico para ilustrar la posición del sofista homónimo sobre la justicia y sobre la política.

Vuelve a aparecer, luego de su primera incursión en
Los trabajos y los días
(Trab., §85), el hermano del titán. Prometeo y Epimeteo, desde su etimología, revelan ca

در این رساله سقراط با رفتن به خانه‌ی کالیاس برای ملاقات با مشهورترین سوفیست یعنی پروتاگوراس و حضور در جمعی از خردمندترین افراد آتن با او وارد بحث در خصوص فضیلت و اجزای آن می‌گردد. در نیمه‌های راه ضمنِ برشمردن اجزای فضیلت پروتاگوراس اظهار می‌دارد که شجاعت دانایی نیست و سقراط در پی اثبات نادرستی مدعای

Socrates, my friend, you were bit of a dick in there.

Protagoras made an exemplary opponent in this dialogue, standing his ground and holds himself quite well in front of Socrates. Socrates doesn't just ask questions but decimates some of the views held by Protagoras. The dialogue is aesthetically pl

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

In style the Protagoras is intermediate between the questioning Socrates of the early dialog

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