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Subjects

Plato. Protagoras, Greek dialogues, Virtue -- Epistemology, Protagoras -- Criticism and interpretation

Abstract

The paper explores themes of Athenian life, Socratic philosophy, and the theme of Knowledge leading to power in the Protagoras. The setting of the Protagoras is primarily a portico at Callias’s home and Socrates debates Protagoras on numerous subjects. This paper shows that those possessing the most knowledge, Protagoras and Socrates, have the most power by invoking a pyramid structure where both Protagoras and Socrates are at the peak and give the lengthiest speeches. All of the speeches, whether by those at the top of the pyramid or the bottom, provide a glimpse into the unique nature of Athenian intellectual life.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/13178

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