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Dialogues of Plato Containing the Apology of Socrates/Crito/Phaedo/Protagoras

Author: Plato Set In . . .
 Europe, Greece
Genre: Other
Time Frame: None
Description: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION TO THE PROTAGORAS. In this dialogue Socrates relates to a friend, whose name fa not given, a discussion which he had just had with Protagoras the sophist, of Ahdera. Hippocrates, a young Athenian, had roused Socrates veryearly in the morning and entreated him to accompany him on a visit to Protagoras, who was then at Athens staying at the house of Callias, and whose pupil he was anxious to become. On arriving there, they find the sophist attended by a crowd of admirers, and moreover Hippias of Elis and Prodicus of Ceos, surrounded by their respective followers*. After Socrates had made known the object of his visit to Protagoras, Callias proposes that the whole party should sit down and listen to the conversation. When all are seated, Socrates repeats to Protagoras, that Hippocrates is desirous of becoming his pupil, and wishes to know what advantage he may expect to derive from associating with him. Protagoras tells him that from the very first day of their intercourse he will become a better man than he was before, and will daily make further progress. But, asks Socrates, in what will he become better, and in what make further progress ? In the management of his domestic and public affairs, that is to say, in the political art. To this Socrates objects that the general opinion is that political virtue cannot be taught, and that, whereas with respect to arts and sciences it was usual only to consult persons who had made them their study and were skilled in them, in affairs of state every one, of whatever condition, was at liberty to give his opinion; he therefore begs Protagoras to prove that virtue can be taughtb. To this end Protagoras relates a fable in which he explains how the capacity of becoming virtuous was imparted...
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