Aristotle, Protagoras, and Contradiction: Metaphysics Γ 4-6

Journal of Ancient Philosophy 7 (2):75-99 (2013)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
In both Metaphysics Γ 4 and 5 Aristotle argues that Protagoras is committed to the view that all contradictions are true. Yet Aristotle’s arguments are not transparent, and later, in Γ 6, he provides Protagoras with a way to escape contradictions. In this paper I try to understand Aristotle’s arguments. After examining a number of possible solutions, I conclude that the best way of explaining them is to (a) recognize that Aristotle is discussing a number of Protagorean opponents, and (b) import another of Protagoras’ views, namely the claim that there are always two logoi opposed to one another.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2014-03-04
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
474 ( #8,459 of 48,869 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
75 ( #7,841 of 48,869 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.