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Revisiting Protagoras’ Fr. DK B 1

Robert Zaborowski
Published Online: 2017-12-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/elen-2017-0002

Abstract

The paper offers an analysis of Protagoras’ fr. DK 80 B 1 and rejects the traditional reading of Protagoras as relativist. By considering the ipsissima verba that Protagoras makes use of in his passage, it is argued that alternative interpretations are possible, of which epistemological reism and psychological individualism are proposed. On a more general level, it is discussed to what extent Protagoras’ fragment contains descriptive rather than normative claim.

Keywords: Protagoras; measure; relativism; epistemological reism; psychological individualism

A shorter version of the paper was presented at the 3rd International Congress of Greek Philosophy, Lisbon, Apr. 20–22, 2016. The final version was completed during a research visit to School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, Univ. of Aberdeen in June 2016 with financial support from The Bednarowski Trust.

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Published Online: 2017-12-11

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Citation Information: Elenchos, Volume 38, Issue 1-2, Pages 23–43, ISSN (Online) 2037-7177, ISSN (Print) 0392-7342, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/elen-2017-0002.

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