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Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics$
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Abraham Jacob Greenstine and Ryan J. Johnson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474412094

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412094.001.0001

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Plato’s Protagoras: The Authority of Beginning an Education

Plato’s Protagoras: The Authority of Beginning an Education

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(p.47) Chapter 4 Plato’s Protagoras: The Authority of Beginning an Education
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Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics
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Daniel Price

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412094.003.0004

Daniel Price’s “Plato’s Protagoras: The Authority of Beginning an Education” follows Derrida’s re-reading of Hegel’s framing of philosophical history through to Plato’s Protagoras. Price, seeking an alternative to the Hegelian frame, inquires into the place of the virtuous subject in Plato. In the Protagoras Price finds that the unity and goodness of virtue claims our subjectivity, not vice versa. This claim on our subjectivity orients us to the task of providing a ground for the unity of virtue. This does not concern the authority of a teacher, who demands that we reject any thought that is not owned, that does not pass through the lens of self-conscious self-appropriation. Instead it signifies the emergence of subjectivity through the claims that are made upon us by language.

Keywords:   Hegel, Derrida, Protagoras, Subjectivity, Virtue, Education, Ground, Plato

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