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Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras' Challenge to Socrates

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2018.02.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert C. Bartlett, Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras' Challenge to Socrates, University of Chicago Press, 2016, 248pp., $40.00, ISBN 9780226394282. Reviewed by Giovanni Giorgini, University of Bologna/Princeton University Robert C. Bartlett offers a refined interpretation of two Platonic dialogues -the Protagoras and the Theaetetus- as well as a subtle attack at contemporary post-modern, relativistic philosophies. Bartlett correctly identifies in the sophist Protagoras one of the most challenging thinkers for Plato's moral and political project. Also, if someone wishes to attack post-modernism and its intrinsic relativism from its foundation, the choice of Protagoras, the first consistent relativist, is perfect; and the task is made more interesting by the fact that most of the information we have about his thought comes from his intellectual nemesis -Plato. The fact the Plato tackled. . .

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