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John J. Cleary (1949–2009) used to be an the world over recognized authority in lots of facets of old philosophy. in addition to penetrating and unique experiences of Plato, Aristotle, and Proclus, he used to be rather drawn to the philosophy of arithmetic, and old theories of schooling. The essays integrated during this assortment show Cleary’s variety of workmanship and originality of procedure. Cleary used to be in particular aware of the issues concerned about the translation of a philosophical textual content: in his analyzing of Plato he regarded the specific prestige of debate as a privileged mode of philosophical writing. His underlying situation was once the open-ended personality of philosophy itself, to be pursued with highbrow rigour and admire either for the query and one’s interlocutor. those amassed essays are consultant of John Cleary’s philosophical life’s paintings.

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327e3–328a1). The obvious answer is: everyone in general but nobody in particular, as it is through acculturation that the boy learns his native language. But the crucial question is whether the same is true for learning the civic virtues. If it is, then it is unclear what educational function is to be performed by the teaching of sophists like Protagoras. It would seem, on the one hand, that he cannot possibly justify charging fees for teaching what everyone already teaches the young, namely, civic virtue.

There are many examples of virtuous people who failed to make anyone else better either in their own family or in that of others. We might give the following summary of Socrates’ objection (320b4–c1): he believes that virtue is not teachable due to these generally accepted experiences. But he then challenges Protagoras to demonstrate (epideixon), on the basis of his own experience of many things, either learned (memathêkenai) or discovered for himself, that virtue is teachable. This challenge prompts Protagoras to offer the myth of Prometheus by way of a demonstration (long speech rather than short speech) (320c2–323a3).

As to whether one should talk about ‘problems’ or ‘theorems’ in relation to geometry. The point is that ‘problems’ require something to be done, and this would seem to involve a temporal element in geometry, as in all making or doing. back to the texts themselves 15 that the world is indestructible and generated at the same time. Thus their defence involves claiming that the contradiction is only apparent because what they say about the generation of the world is analogous to the diagrams drawn by mathematicians.

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