Sunday, December 18, 2011

No fictional arguments ...

... The Protagoras problem. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The entire body of Plato’s works contrasts sophistry, the art of the argument,with philosophy “love of wisdom” —and if it was said that philosophy was born with Socrates, it had to be in these dialogues marking the dissimilarity between the argumentative Athenian and the famous sophists such as Gorgias, Protagoras, and others. Sophists were disliked and distrusted inAthens, for making money and getting rich out of arguments, in a way just like academics are distrusted today, and some people had portrayed Socrates as just another sophist. So it looks like Plato wanted to propound an image of Socrates that is different from that of the sophists —a genuine man.

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