Pythagoras & Protagoras Essay

905 Words May 9th, 2008 4 Pages
Thesis Statement
Protagoras denies a perfect form for all things, while Pythagoras clearly presents the better case with harmonia. Pythagoras, known as “the father of numbers” through his Pythagorean Theorem is regarded as the first to seek for the form of all things . From Protagoras’s perspective, named as one of the “Sophists” by Plato, there would probably be no exact form for anything. Without an understanding of a true source from which all form flows with, we eliminate all possibility of discovering the greater truth form carries with it. Pythagoras on the other hand deeply searches for a reason for the cosmos in every function of life, and that, carries a significant purpose for form. Mathematical formulas and
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After all, the Greek word harmonia, does mean “fitting together” , because number does give purpose to proportion, and proportion does give purpose to harmony, thus giving a form for all things. On the contrary side Protagoras claimed that nothing was solely right or wrong, true or false and that through a man’s own authority, "man is the measure of all things” . Therefore everyone’s opinions differ from one another, which mean that what might seem true to one person might appear false to the other. This would leave us with no objective truth to cling to, no absolute form for anything. Protagoras developed this theory into what we call relativism . This supposition pretty much enables anyone no matter who you are or what you do to be correct in your own opinion about anything. This perspective is very broad in a sense where each and every person’s beliefs are inevitably and infallibly true, taken to a personal level by resulting as a truth for that person only. No one else would be able to fault or criticize that person for believing in a certain truth, because it’s only perceptible by that one individual only. A relativist would say that human beings don’t carry a certain type of DNA which identifies a perfect form for our body, because they don’t believe in one ultimate function for anything. Now, if relativists do believe all things are inevitably

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