Pythagoras & Protagoras

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Thesis Statement Protagoras denies a perfect form for all things, while Pythagoras clearly presents the better case with harmonia. Pythagoras, known as “the father of numbers” through his Pythagorean Theorem is regarded as the first to seek for the form of all things . From Protagoras’s perspective, named as one of the “Sophists” by Plato, there would probably be no exact form for anything. Without an understanding of a true source from which all form flows with, we eliminate all possibility of discovering the greater truth form carries with it. Pythagoras on the other hand deeply searches for a reason for the cosmos in every function of life, and that, carries a significant purpose for form. Mathematical formulas and…show more content…
As you can tell, there’s clearly more concrete evidence represented through Pythagoras’ harmony on the form of all things. Through his findings in harmonia can we only begin to understand and unfold a true function for the form of all things, because in a bigger sense all things are inevitably related somehow to one another through proportional relationships. Unlike what Protagoras theorizes, we need to have in place a set of values and morals in which everyone follows, other wise we could all together forget about having order or structure for things done in a society. Essentially, we need set boundaries for the establishment of peace to prevent violence and war. A relativist would likely say that a group like Al-Qaeda is in the right to proceed with their missions concerning terrorism, when in reality we all know it’s significantly wrong and immoral. If Protagoras is going to present a case where no absolute principles in morality or peace exist, then we might as well give up on trying to establish world peace, because when lack of harmony in the structure and form of things ceases to exist, chaos results. This is true of reality today, and good philosophers like Pythagoras make judgments according to reality. Bibliography Baird, F. E. (2003). Ancient Philosophy 4th Edition. New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc. James Fieser, P. (2007, Sept. 20). The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 2007, from

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