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SENOFANE FRA I SOFISTI. DAI LIMITI DELLA CONOSCENZA (21B34 DK) AL PARADOSSO ERISTICO (PLAT. MEN. 80D5-E5)

MARIA MICHELA SASSI
Méthexis
Vol. 24, ATENE PRESOCRATICA PRESOCRATIC ATHENS (2011), pp. 7-20
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/43738837
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

I argue in this paper that the formulation of the eristic paradox in Plato's Meno (80d5-e5) echoes Xenophanes' Frg. 34, by drawing attention to a number of significant similarities of expression and to equally significant points of theoretical tension between the two texts. Bringing into focus such further authors as Protagoras, Gorgias, and Metrodorus of Chius, I claim that Xenophanes' epistemological option was central to the philosophical debate in the Sophistic milieu, and that here started a "pre-skeptical" reading of Frg. 34, which was to affect Plato's.

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