Plato's criticism of Pitagoras' relativism and its significance for política! philosophy


  • Klaus Held Universidad de Wuppertal
  • Santiago Echeverri Universidad de Antioquia


Relativism, political phylosophy


Plato's criticism of Protagoras's relativism (exposed in the Teeteto) outlines two kinds of relativism: the appearance as related to perception, and the appearance as related to action. By studying the arguments of Plato's criticism, and by showing how Plato aims at swpassing those two ways of relativism, the author discovers that the foundation of his criticism is the thought of ideas. Converselly, he himself propases two difierent perspectives in an attempt to transcend Protagoras' thesis: From Heraclitus' and from Aristotle's. Finally, the author highlights that the Teeteto opens a path for the connection between practical and theoretical philosophy, whose commom root is the appearance.

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Held, K., & Echeverri, S. (1998). Plato’s criticism of Pitagoras’ relativism and its significance for política! philosophy. Estudios De Filosofía, (17-18), 95–107. Retrieved from



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