Sun, 15 Feb 2009
"She is not 'your' girlfriend," said this knucklehead. "She does not belong to you."Through pure happenstance, I discovered last night that there is an account of this same bit of equivocation in Plato's Euthydemus. In this dialogue, Socrates tells of a sophist named Dionysodorus, who is so clever that he can refute any proposition, whether true or false. Here Dionysodorus demonstrates that Ctesippus's father is a dog:
You say that you have a dog.So my knuckleheaded interlocutor was not even being original.
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