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Question about "Protagora's Dilemma" in The Classical Teacher

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  • Mrs Bee
    Thank you for your answer, Mr. Cothran.

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  • martin
    Mrs. Bee,

    So sorry for not responding sooner. As long as you negate the two terms, you are fine. The switching is more a rhetorical device making the opposition more pronounced to allow you to see the opposition better.

    I'm glad you liked the article.

    Mr. Cothran

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  • Question about "Protagora's Dilemma" in The Classical Teacher

    I can't tell you how much we all enjoyed this article! It's a great story in itself. I have one question, though, as someone knowing nothing (yet!) of formal logic. Why is it necessary, in the counter-dilemma, to switch P and R? Why wouldn't the argument work by still keeping P as the first part of the counter-dilemma?

    But how did it end?? Personally, I think Protagoras still has the stronger argument: Euathlus's case seems to rest on his choosing when he will obey the judge and when not. This is actually very interesting: is a private, pre-existing agreement stronger than a court decision? Morally, but not legally? Only when it's to my advantage? Good things to think about.

    Thank you for putting up with my ignorance!