Perception, Relativism, and Truth: Reflections on Plato's Theaetetus 152–160

Dialogue 24 (01):33- (1985)
The standard interpretation of "Theaetetus" 152-160 has Plato attribute to Protagoras a relativistic theory of truth and existence. It is argued here that in fact the individuals of Protagorean worlds are inter-Personal. (thus the Protagorean theory has public objects, but private truth). Also, a new interpretation is offered of Plato's use of heraclitean flux to model relativism. The philosophical and semantic consequences of the interpretation are explored.
Keywords Plato  Protagorean relativism  Protagoras' theory of perception
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DOI 10.1017/S0012217300045984
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