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2011 | 66 | 3 | 258-272

Article title

PROTAGORAS AND HIS THEORY OF SOCIAL CONTRACT (Protagoras jako teoretik spolecenske smlouvy)

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In his theory of society Protagoras, one of the most influential sophist thinkers, applies a contractarian approach, similar in many respects to those of Locke, Hobbes and Rousseau. Protagoras, unlike Aristotle or Plato, was convinced that individual perceptions and beliefs as well as those of the body political are relative, because there is no uniform ground on which things could be perceived or experienced. He offers an evolutionary account of the development of human species, arguing that society is a result of a contract among its members, based on commonly shared and taught social virtues. On the other hand, Protagoras is not a nihilist: In his account there is still a possibility of an expertise within the polis, related to the good of the particular community.

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66

Issue

3

Pages

258-272

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ARTICLE

Contributors

  • Mgr. Stanislav Mysicka, Katedra politologie a evropskych studii FF UP, Krizkovskeho 12, 771 80 Olomouc, Czech Republic

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CEJSH db identifier
11SKAAAA09637

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bwmeta1.element.0eda912f-265e-398e-9f84-4e4697dcd7f8
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