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Sophistry and political philosophy : Protagoras' challenge to Socrates, Robert C. Bartlett

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Sophistry and political philosophy : Protagoras' challenge to Socrates
Title
Sophistry and political philosophy
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Protagoras' challenge to Socrates
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Robert C. Bartlett
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eng
Summary
One of the central challenges to contemporary political philosophy is the apparent impossibility of arriving at any commonly agreed upon "truths." As Nietzsche observed in his Will to Power, the currents of relativism that have come to characterize modern thought can be said to have been born with ancient sophistry. If we seek to understand the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary radical relativism, we must therefore look first to the sophists of antiquity the most famous and challenging of whom is Protagoras. With this book, Robert C. Bartlett provides the first close reading of Plato's two-part presentation of Protagoras. In the "Protagoras," Plato sets out the sophist's moral and political teachings, while the "Theaetetus," offers a distillation of his theoretical and epistemological arguments. Taken together, the two dialogues demonstrate that Protagoras is attracted to one aspect of conventional morality the nobility of courage, which in turn is connected to piety. This insight leads Bartlett to a consideration of the similarities and differences in the relationship of political philosophy and sophistry to pious faith. Bartlett's superb exegesis offers a significant tool for understanding the history of philosophy, but, in tracing Socrates's response to Protagoras' teachings, Bartlett also builds toward a richer understanding of both ancient sophistry and what Socrates meant by "political philosophy."
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1964-
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Bartlett, Robert C.
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Plato
  • Plato
  • Protagoras
  • Protagoras
  • Sophists (Greek philosophy)
  • Political science
  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Political science
  • Sophists (Greek philosophy)
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Sophistry and political philosophy : Protagoras' challenge to Socrates, Robert C. Bartlett
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-241) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part one: on the Protagoras -- Part two: on the Theaetetus (142aI-183c7)
Control code
936234398
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
v, 248 pages
Isbn
9780226394282
Lccn
2016002819
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)936234398
Label
Sophistry and political philosophy : Protagoras' challenge to Socrates, Robert C. Bartlett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-241) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one: on the Protagoras -- Part two: on the Theaetetus (142aI-183c7)
Control code
936234398
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
v, 248 pages
Isbn
9780226394282
Lccn
2016002819
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)936234398

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