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ALVAREZ, Lucas Manuel. The Figures of the Just and the Unjust Men in Republic II as Precedents of the Philosopher and the Sophist in Plato's Sophist. Nova tellus [online]. 2014, vol.32, n.1, pp.9-43. ISSN 0185-3058.

Taking into account the construction of characters and figures made by the interlocutors of Platonic dialogues, we will study that of the just and the unjust men (made by Glaucon and Adeimantus in Republic II) and that of the sophist (shaped by the Eleatic Stranger and Theaetetus in Sophist), without ignoring the peculiar presentation of the philosopher in this last dialogue. Once introduced those four characters, we will try to make clear the relations that turn the just and the unjust men into the precedents of the philosopher and the sophist. Finally, we will stress the consequences deriving from this hypothesis, in order to achieve a deeper comprehension of the Platonic interpretation of these two characters, the philosopher and his rival, the sophist.

Keywords : Plato; sophist; philosopher; just; unjust.

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