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The Implicit Refutation of Critias 1

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Abstract At Charmides 163, Critias attempts to extricate himself from refutation by proposing a Prodicean distinction between praxis and poiēsis. I argue that this distinction leads him further into contradictions.

Affiliations: 1: Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University 218 Goldwin Smith Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853-3201 USA


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