A Dialogue Between Socrates And Hippocrates Essay

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The story of Protagoras starts out with a dialogue between Socrates and Hippocrates. Hippocrates is excited that Protagoras is in town because Hippocrates wants to be the disciple of Protagoras. Socrates knows that Hippocrates is young, naïve, and excitable, so he questions him about what he really wants to learn from Protagoras. He says to Hippocrates, “Are you going to commit your soul to the care of a man you call a Sophist, and yet you hardly think that you know what a Sophist is?” Socrates, being a philosopher, cares more about knowing the truth and being correct about your beliefs. But what we learn about Sophist’s is that they are teachers of rhetoric, which means they teach you how to make an argument even if it is incorrect and immoral. Socrates is worried for Hippocrates because Socrates believes that Protagoras is going to bring harm to Hippocrates by turning his soul evil.
Socrates and Hippocrates decide to go to where Protagoras is staying so that they can talk with him. After Protagoras agrees to talk with them, he goes on to tell them that if Hippocrates wants to become his disciple, he will be a better man with ever day he spends with him. Socrates is not convinced. He asks Protagoras, “In what shall one become better, and in what shall one grow?” Protagoras goes on to answer, “he will learn to order his own house in the best manner, and he will be able to speak and act for the best in the affairs of the state.” This is where the argument begins to form.…

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