At by anyone, opposing him or not, it makes

            At the end
of Protagoras’ intellectual path, he was accused of impiety; a criminal charge
that resulted in the death penalty (Baker 80). He was found guilty at the age
of seventy. Being the free thinker, he is, Protagoras decided to flee Greece
instead of facing his penalty. The ship he boarded to sail to another colony in
Sicily had wrecked and Protagoras drowned before reaching his destination
(Baker 80). Although, his teachings were praised but his way of mind was not,
Protagoras has set a pathway of thinking more creatively than I have ever read
about before. His points of view would be understood by anyone, opposing him or
not, it makes sense. It would be impossible to not relate to the broadened
thought process and claims of his. He ultimately paved the road to questioning one’s
reality and perception compared to someone standing right next to them.

            In today’s
concepts, Protagoras would be considered an agnostic; an individual who believes
nothing is known or can be known. Protagoras was a free-thinker, like me. I
agree with his points, values, and outcomes of his teachings. He was not afraid
to think creatively and speak his mind, considering him one of the greatest
Sophists in the West. Even so, that Plato dedicated a dialogue in his name. Thinking
that nothing is true that is not true to the individual opens a whole new
process of thinking. This should allow us to be considerate of other beliefs
and educating ourselves from the point of view of others rather than being
ignorant that only our beliefs are true and valid.

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            Protagoras
was known as a sophist, everything was relevant. This is where his role in
relativism comes to play. Relativism is the belief that there is not a final
truth (Baker 76). Plato was at a disagreement with Protagoras, but I do not
think I would be. I do not believe there is an actual final truth. As said earlier,
I think we come up with something we can all understand to help conquer the
thought of something too large to recognize. Obviously, we know truths that the
sky is blue, and the grass is green, but what about the bigger truths?
Although, Protagoras never specifically said that greater Gods did not exist,
he just said there is no practical way to know if they exist or to know their human
form. He asks “what is truth? Can we know it? Can we know that we know it, or
are we limited to mere beliefs?” (Baker 78). The essential point of Protagoras
concept on relativism is that if someone says there is a God, then there is a
God for that specific person and their beliefs are not wrong. The same concept goes
for an individual who says there is no God. To them, there is no God and their
beliefs are no less wrong than the rest.

            Protagoras
was known for his idea that man is a measure of all things. I interpret this as
humanity is the highest value, we are powerful and entitled. If man is the
measure of all things, it makes me wonder if there truly a higher power is even
out there; like religion. Followers of Christianity believe God is the answer
to all things, but I truly believe in my own opinion that religion is simply
the humans way of making sense of why things are the way they are. We cannot
wrap our minds around the complexity of our existence, so we have come up with
our own myths and beliefs to help us cope with the idea. Protagoras’ way of
thinking that we, as humans, are what the world values and we are powerful
enough to make changes we wish to see. I completely agree with his mindset. He
had a laidback way of thinking and expressing his emotion and intellect with
those he met.

Protagoras is known as one of the greatest Sophists dated
back to the fifth century. He spent most of his time in Athens where he was a well-known
teacher. He befriended powerful and wealthy Athenians who played a role in his
own wealth and power as he traveled. Protagoras related himself with a group of
intellectual Sophists; teachers of rhetoric who were also paid (Baker 77). While
traveling, Protagoras examined other cultures and societies and concluded that although
the customs and beliefs were all different, they remained true to their
original believers. He was an archetypal Sophist and it is said that his way of
thinking is what lead him to his misfortune. Although, his intellect cost him,
I believe his work and way of thinking earned him the title as one of the most famous
Sophists today.