Ideas from 'fragments/reports' by Prodicus [423 BCE], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Early Greek Phil VIII: the Sophists, Socrates' by Socrates (ed/tr Laks,A/Most,G) [Harvard Loeb 2016,978-0-674-99709-7]].

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19. Language / F. Communication / 3. Denial
Contradiction is impossible, since only one side of the argument refers to the true facts [Didymus the Blind]
28. God / B. Proving God / 3. Proofs of Evidence / c. Teleological Proof critique
People used to think anything helpful to life was a god, as the Egyptians think the Nile a god
28. God / C. Attitudes to God / 5. Atheism
He denied the existence of the gods, saying they are just exaltations of things useful for life
The gods are just personified human benefits