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In Protagoras by Plato, the reader is introduced to the famous sophist Protagoras who believes that virtue can be taught. Throughout the dialogue, Socrates engages in a thought-provoking discussion with Protagoras about the nature of virtue and whether it can be imparted through education.

Plato's exploration of the Socratic method is evident in this philosophical work, as Socrates questions and challenges Protagoras's beliefs in a respectful and intellectual manner. The dialogue is engaging and thought-provoking, drawing the reader into a deeper understanding of the complexities of morality and ethics.

One of the standout aspects of Protagoras is Plato's mastery of symbolism and allegory, which adds layers of meaning to the text and invites the reader to contemplate the deeper implications of the arguments presented. The characterization of both Socrates and Protagoras is well-developed, providing a clear contrast between their differing philosophies.

Overall, Protagoras is a compelling work of philosophy that delves into timeless questions about virtue, knowledge, and the nature of truth. It is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the foundations of moral philosophy and the enduring legacy of ancient Greek thought.

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Jowett, in his always informative introduction, sees this dialogue as transitional between the early and middle dialogues. Socrates meets with Protagoras and other sophists and pursues his inquiry into virtue. The dialectic brings the thinkers to a surprising ending. Socrates narrates this dialogue.

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