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Online Great Books Podcast

Aug 26, 2021

Scott and Karl discuss one of Plato’s earlier Socratic dialogues, Greater Hippias and Lesser Hippias. 

The dialogues are named after Hippias of Elis, an eminent sophist and contemporary of Plato. 

What is a sophist? According to Scott, “A sophist is someone who says what he needs to say in order to teach you something so that he can take money from you.”

These dialogues show Socrates at work on topics related to the Greek word καλόν, translating to fine, noble, or beautiful. Scott says, “Plato is the best writer ever. Socrates is the best teacher ever. And they are dealing with all the best, most difficult problems ever." 

Tune in for a fascinating discussion on sophistry and what it means when something is “fine." Brought to you by