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Did Euripides Step into the Protagorean Portal?

As did Carlo Michelstaedter as presented in The Wreckage of Philosophy: Carlo Michelstaedter and the Limits of Bourgeois Thought by Mimmo Cangiano (2018)(amazon), reviewed by Dylan J. Montanari :

“In Greek tragedy, Michelstaedter observed a ‘uniformity between thought and life’ that would soon become disaggregated and deteriorated, as it was in the time he found himself living through. In Euripidean rather than Sophoclean tragedy especially, he detected a precocious recognition of this disaggregation-in-the-making in the form of heroes who are keenly aware of the disunity of the world they inhabit. This world — the ‘social world,’ emblematized in the figure of the Greek chorus — becomes a kind of screen for the hero’s own projections of value which are mirrored back in the form of something that appears to be well ordered (society), but which is just an aggregate of individual projections, each one reinforcing the existence of an illusory order.”

An Alternative Common Sense: Notes on Carlo Michelstaedter’s Philosophy,” by Dylan J. Montanari in Los Angeles Review of Books, August 24, 2020.

In the Protagorean Portal, where each man is the measure of all things, the world is “an aggregate of individual projections, each one reinforcing the existence of an illusory order.”

Kantian world-entertained in thought but never known

“Kant’s system drove a distinction between the necessary way in which the world appeared to us and the way the world was apart from the conditions of our experiencing it. In the latter sense, such a world could be entertained in thought but never known, and it was thus composed of in principle unknowable things in themselves.”

Pinkard 2017, 228; italics added; Chapter 10 in The Cambridge Companion to German Idealism (amazon).