Theatetus's Metamorphosis

Good Essays
Socrates dabs on the subject in the Theatetus- the conversation between Theatetus – a boy- and his mathematics teacher, Theodorus. However, he must admit that he did not come up with such a statement, rather reworded it from “the man is the measure of all things, of the things that are that {or how} they are, of the things that are not that {or how} they are not.” Or Protagoras’s homo-mensura (152a). This means that if the wind appears to be cold to a man, then the wind is cold to the man. Knowledge in the sense that Protagoras sees it is that whatever a human goes through, he has knowledge because he is individually experiencing color, sound, temperature, and any other relative senses in the matrix. This is not limited to just sense, because…show more content…
Now to summarize this argument up, essentially if an individual was to look an egg and check its characteristics, now these characteristics (the color, the shape, etc.) and anything else that can be perceived, is not a characteristic of the egg, but rather the perception between the mind and the egg. The egg itself is not white, the egg appears white because of the interaction between the eyes stimulus of what the egg is. This is what is called relativism. An argument that is most likely one of the most detrimental to the argument that “knowledge is perception” is the cold wind argument. This consist simply that if one person thinks a nice cool breeze is cold and another person does not, in fact, this person thinks it’s nice and warm. According to Protagoras’s theory, they must be both right because they must know what they now because they perceive it. Now there is a huge difference between the Socrates and protagoreasim, he believes that his homo-mensura encompasses not only let’s say, light transitioning from the wall to your eyes – this right here is an example of universal flux within “knowledge is perception” but rather all judgments that a human could make. This not only includes that natural function of the brain, which is to perceive, but also the core values of a human. Such as what is right and what is wrong, or “the just” and “the
Get Access