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CORDERO, Néstor-Luis. The Strange Purificator of the Soul of Plato’s Sophist (228d-231b). Nova tellus [online]. 2017, vol.35, n.2, pp.83-95. ISSN 0185-3058.

From 228d of the Sophist Plato deals with diseases of the soul, and argues that the most serious is ignorance (agnoía). And in a completely unusual way, he presents the sophist as someone who would be able to purify the soul and cure it of ignorance. The method used by the sophist seems even in its most precise details the activity of the “Platonic Socrates”. Since the context of the Sophist is exclusively ontological (the subtitle of the dialogue is About Being), as Socrates was not interested of “Being” (as nor the sophists), not should wonder that Plato assimilate Socrates to them, even if he is considered a sophist “of noble lineage”.

Keywords : Ignorance; Disease; Plato; Purification; Sophist.

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