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March 10, 2008 Humanities week 10 lecture 1 Protagoras’s Great Speech I. You Win, Socrates! a. Knowledge i. Like a lump of gold, you got one virtue you got them all ii. You know what’s good, you’ll choose what’s good. iii. Conclusions about the nature of virtue, coherent with Plato’s view of virtue iv. Virtue and temperance are two different things v. To possess virtue is the same as having knowledge of it vi. Virtue consists in knowledge in the form of goodness (knowledge of the good in the abstract) vii. If you know what’s good, you’ll never do evil – Plato b. Plato’s Philosophical Program i. Idealism: “Idea” of Goodness ii. “Craft”: The Political Craft 1. When Protagoras’ claims he’s teaching something, Socrates got him to claim he’s teaching “Political Craft” 2. The idea is to drive Protagoras’ to give a definition of what the political craft might be 3. The dialog ends before what Plato wants is reached, but implications are brought out (common of Plato’s plays)
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