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Critias/Sophist/Taureck: (~ 455 - 403). Uncle Plato's and students of Socrates and Gorgias.
Thesis: The fear of the gods has been invented by the humans themselves, to prevent others from doing something evil in secret.
He departed from the other Sophists.
Biography: Critias was leader of the "30 tyrants" (8 months of reign of terror). He was the son of an aristocratic family, he was responsible for condemning some 1500 democratically-minded citizens of Athens to be killed by poison.
Critias occurs in different dialogues by Plato.
B. H.F. Taureck
Die Sophisten Hamburg 1995