: const. with ψευδομένων
: cf. Arist. Top.
ii. 6. 6 Πρόδικος διῃρεῖτο τὰς ἡδονὰς εἰς χαρὰν καὶ τέρψιν καὶ εὐφροσύνην
, but the distinctions themselves are not specified, and the statement is not sustained by the passage from Prodicus in Xen. Mem.
ii. I. 24 τί ἂν κεχαρισμένον ἢ σιτίον ἢ ποτὸν εὕροις, ἢ τί ἂν ἰδὼν ἢ τί ἀκούσας τερφθείης, ἢ τίνων ὀσφραινόμενος ἢ ἁπτόμενος ἡσθείης, τίσι δὲ παιδικοῖς ὁμιλῶν μάλιστ᾽ ἂν εὐφρανθείης
f. αὐτῇ, αὐτῷ
: in sense nearly equiv. to μόνῃ
. See on 309 a
: it was the cardinal point of the sophistic ethics, that positive laws are arbitrary restrictions, imposed upon men by powerful individuals or by the majority, with the purpose simply of putting them down, and of restraining the natural rights of the individual, i.e. those things which he desires and regards as his rights. That Hippias also taught this is shown by Xen. Mem.
iv. 4. 14 ff. Plato therefore, in order here to characterize him, makes him express this principle.