Logos and nomos. Plato and the political challenge of sophistics in the Gorgias and Menos dialogues
Keywords:Plato, dialectic, sophistic, nomos, logos
The challenge of sophistics forced Plato to posit the reciprocal interplay between nomos and logos, law and measure so as to be able to feasibly sustain the enlightenment of the class in its constant rhetorical interchange. Sophistics showed that absolute nomos is non-existent and that it is man himself who has to craft it. Sophistics is based on the rationality of rhetoric with a view to achieving enlightenment concerning political decisions. Both rhetoric and sophistics correctly view that reasonable political action is mediated by language, but equally both succumb to the erroneous conception which consists in assuming that lagos is a mere individual instrument or strategy however this idea undermines the political class. Knowledge as dialectic is Plato's response to the struggle between viewpoints as put into force by the Sophists. Knowledge is only knowledge in opinion, in praxically inherent reflection which is al ways open to correction.
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