Saturday, August 21, 2010

Socrates in Hades: On Plato’s Protagoras, Part III

there may be a conflict between poetry and the city. Poetry oftentimes works on the assumption "virtue is knowledge:" isn't it the case if you read a poem well, you will be better for it? The city, on the other hand, has laws and enforcers of the laws not just because people won't read, but because even those who know better may not act better.

The question, if this conflict holds: Where do Protagoras (sophistry) and Socrates (philosophy) come in? A good portion of the Protagoras is a discussion of a poem of Simonides.

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