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March 7 th , 2008 Humanities week 9 lecture 3 Title I. Protagoras of Abdera (ca. 490-420) a. Biographical Information b. Bibliography i. Contrary Arguments; On the Gods 1. Book describes his assertion to argue with equal persuasiveness on both sides c. Epistemology i. “Man is the measure of all things: of those that exist, that they exist; and of those that do not, that they do not.” ii. His position is different from that position of Plato iii. Protagoras – thinks man is the measure of all things 1. He acknowledges no external criteria. What is true, is what each individual perceives it to be 2. advantages/disadvantages a. structured within the possibility of persuasion b. limited by the social institution of civilized life c. decisions constricted by the opinions/views of society/community II. The Itinerary of Protagoras a. Introduction: What Craft is Sophistry? i. Speaking is not a distinct techne b. At the House of Callias i. “door slamming” is suppose to be funny..
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