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Subjects

Plato. Protagoras -- Criticism and interpretation, Plato -- Political and social views

Abstract

This paper traces how the use of a trial in Plato’s Protagoras serves to highlight the issues of Myth and Democracy; one might even say to put them on trial. While the Protagoras is a complicated work, some aspects of its underlying themes are quite clear. For Plato, democracy pales in comparison to the philosopher-king, and the Protagoras’s structure enables Plato to set up Socrates as just such a figure.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/13153

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