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Protagoras and the challenge of relativism : Plato's subtlest enemy

Author: Ugo Zilioli
Publisher: Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub. Ltd., ©2007.
Series: Ashgate new critical thinking in philosophy.
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"Protagoras was an important Greek thinker of the fifth century BC, the most famous of the so called Sophists, though most of what we know of him and his thought comesto us mainly through the dialogues of his strenuous opponent Plato. In this book, Ugo Zilioli offers a sustained and philosophically sophisticated examination of what is, in philosophical terms, the most interesting feature of Protagoras' thought for  Read more...
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Zilioli, Ugo, 1971-
Protagoras and the challenge of relativism.
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub. Ltd., ©2007
(OCoLC)654293437
Named Person: Protagoras.; Protagoras.; Plato; Protagoras.; Protagoras, Abderita; Protagoras (Abderita)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ugo Zilioli
ISBN: 9780754660781 0754660788
OCLC Number: 82471094
Description: x, 160 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Protagoras, Plato and relativism --
Topic and aims --
Relativism --
Approaches to Plato --
Structure --
Perceptions and indeterminacy --
The historical Protagoras --
Sophistic training and philosophical education --
The digression --
Reading the Theaetetus --
Ontological relativism --
Ontological indeterminacy --
Historical plausibility explained further --
Differing dispositions --
Wisdom and incommensurability --
Protagoras in the Cratylus --
The defence --
Two fragments --
Incommensurability --
The 'objective standard' objection --
The (possible) answer --
The scope of Protagoras' relativism --
Ethics and forms of life --
Ethical relativism --
The myth --
Virtue and technique --
Subjectivism and emotivism --
Forms of life --
Radical use --
Inconsistency, self-refutation and the heart of the matter --
Plato's objections --
Protagoras and inconsistency --
Saying and showing --
Health --
Advantage --
Democratic knowledge --
Illusory wisdom --
The self-refutation argument --
Conclusions : the tools of relativism.
Series Title: Ashgate new critical thinking in philosophy.
Responsibility: Ugo Zilioli.
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