Robert C. Bartlett is the Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies at Boston College. He is the author or editor or seven books, including The Idea of Enlightenment, Plato's Protagoras and Meno, and Xenophon's The Shorter Socratic Writings, and cotranslator of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
For generations to come, this study--on account of the graceful lucidity of its prose and the penetrating depth of its interpretative analysis--will be the essential guide to Plato's rich and dramatic confrontation with the challenge of Protagoras. --Thomas L. Pangle, University of Texas at Austin Near the beginning of Sophistry and Political Philosophy, the author cites Friedrich Nietzsche's observation that our 'contemporary way of thinking' is 'Protagorean.' If so, then understanding sophistry in general and its inventor, Protagoras, in particular is a key to understanding ourselves. . . . Robert Bartlett is an ideal guide for such an exploration. --Claremont Review of Books This book is a careful, insightful, analysis of Plato's Protagoras, and of the examination of Protagoras' teaching in Plato's Theaetetus. Through his discussions, Bartlett provides us with a very thoughtful exploration of the important and enduring problem of the relation between philosophy and sophistry. --Mark Blitz, Claremont McKenna College