By van Johannes M. Ophuijsen
Protagoras of Abdera: the fellow, His degree makes a case for the Sophist Protagoras as a thinker in his personal correct, whereas even as giving due weight to the complex doxographical scenario.
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The very tension as to viewing Protagoras as a sophist or as a philosopher shows his ambivalent position in relation to philosophy. F. ‘Protagoras and Self-Refutation in Later Greek Philosophy’, Philosophical Review 85 (1976) 44–69 (= 1976a) ———, ‘Protagoras and Self-Refutation in Plato’s Theaetetus’, Philosophical Review 85 (1976) 172–195 (= 1976b) Capizzi, A. Protagora. Le testimonianze e i frammenti. Edizione riveduta e ampliata con uno studio su la vita, le opere, il pensiero e la fortuna. L.
48 Sextus mentions Xenophanes, Xeniades, Anacharsis, Dionysodorus, Gorgias, Metrodorus, Anaxarchus, and Monimus, together with Protagoras. a protagonist of the sophistic movement? 23 mentioned does not admit the existence either of anything being by itself (absolutely real) or of falsehood. SE Adv. Math. 10), in dogmatic philosophy. 2. Protagoras the Sophist Next let us take a further look at Protagoras as a sophist. 40 Diogenes Laertius reports as follows:  οὗτος πρῶτος µισθὸν εἰσεπράξατο µνᾶς ἑκατόν· καὶ πρῶτος µέρη χρόνου διώρισε καὶ καιροῦ δύναµιν ἐξέθετο καὶ λόγων ἀγῶνας ἐποιήσατο καὶ σοφίσµατα τοῖς πραγµατολογοῦσι προσήγαγε· καὶ τὴν διάνοιαν ἀφεὶς πρὸς τοὔνοµα διελέχθη καὶ τὸ νῦν ἐπιπόλαιον γένος τῶν ἐριστικῶν ἐγέννησεν.
38 tazuko a. van berkel Few sound bites in the history of philosophy have shared the tremendous success of MM, up to the point that what once may have puzzled the audience as a thought-provoking metaphor has become a conventional expression to us: we use phrases like ‘the human measure’, ‘the measure of things’ and take it for granted that ‘measure’ is a metaphor for something. We do not need to picture a ‘literal’ measure anymore; in fact, that would only impair our understanding of a fossilized metaphor we think we know so well.
Protagoras of Abdera: The Man, His Measure by van Johannes M. Ophuijsen