The academic journal S: Journal of the Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique has now published a special issue treating the work of Barbara Cassin. Besides an interview with Cassin herself, the special issue contains five articles treating different aspects of her work. My own contribution,’I would prefer not to’; or – Who’s afraid of Hegel? Protagoras and Parrhêsia, is an attempt to understand Cassin’s unique contribution to our understanding of the history of rhetoric (and its relation to philosophy) and how this relates to her overall understanding of politics. The article is part of my ongoing research project The Return of the Sophists? – Democracy, Post-Truth, and Rhetoric in the Populist Moment, funded by the Swedish Resarch Council.