Thursday, September 23, 2010


1. Solomon & Higgins say the sophists turned away from questions about the origins of the world and the nature of reality, towards ________.

2. A pragmatic interpretation of Protagoras's statement that "man is the measure" suggests that knowledge is  __________, and (T/F) limited to "things in themselves." Construed less skeptically, it is a statement of ______, (confidence, doubt, sophistry)

3. The proper business of the philosopher, Socrates thought, was ________________.

4. (T/F) Like his mentor Socrates, Plato had little interest in systematic philosophy or big metaphysical questions about reality.

5. According to Plato's "two-world" cosmology, the everyday world is related to a higher world of ______  or ______ from which it derives, and of which it is an imperfect replica.

6. The Myth of the Cave is an allegory of the relation between Plato's two worlds, as well as a cautionary tale about the fate of ___________.

7. (T/F) Plato agreed with Socrates about who should rule.

8. (T/F) Plato would have agreed with Jefferson: it is the unalienable right of all to pursue personal happiness.

9. (T/F) Socrates and Plato agreed with the pre-Socratics about "soul" being essentially breath, thus needing a body.

10. What is innate, on Plato's (and Socrates'?) view?

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