10 The Hedonism in Plato's Protagoras1 J. P. SULLIVAN I HREE INTERPRETATIONS of the discussion of hedonism in the Prota- goras may be distinguished. Some have argued that the discussion represents the real views of the historical Socrates 2 or of Plato himself at the time he was writing the dialogue. 3 This is the view which at present seems to be most generally accepted. 4 Others believe that the discussion is ad hominem, that Socrates in the dialogue is simply using the premiss that the only good is pleasure to prove his main thesis that Virtue is Knowledge, while not believing himself in that premiss . 5 There is also a third view, which is not incompatible with either of the above. Those who hold this deny that there is any real hedonism to be found in the dialogue. 6 11 The second is the view I believe to be correct and in the following pages I shall try to rehabilitate it by offering some neglected arguments drawn from other dialogues, from the Protagoras itself and in particular from a close analysis of This last is most important and in the course of it I shall try
Phronesis – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1961
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