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The Phonological Politics of Plato and the Myth of Protagoras

Abstract : The long discourse of Protagoras, which opens the platonic dialog, has no response. But the sophists, Socrates’partners in Callias’house, are described with phonic particularities and as foreigners. Plato presents in this way the paradox between a discourse on and for Athens formulated by voices that would never participate in its institutions. Under the discussion on arete, the dialog establishes a discussion on the forms and sense of discourses as it is shown by the 18 times the word phone is used. Some developments in the Republic and in the Laws, and also in Cratylus and Philebus, show the interest that for Plato’s politics has the knowledge and control of the voices of the social agents.
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Marco V. García Quintela. The Phonological Politics of Plato and the Myth of Protagoras. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2009, N.S.7, ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.2482⟩. ⟨halshs-02090759⟩



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