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any of a group of Greek philosophers and teachers in the 5th century BC who speculated on a wide range of subjects

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someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious

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For he is exhibited as ignorant of the very elements of dialectics, in which the Sophists have failed to instruct their disciple.
He seems, like Aristophanes, to regard the new opinions, whether of Socrates or the Sophists, as fatal to Athenian greatness.
In the Euthydemus, Socrates himself offered an example of the manner in which the true teacher may draw out the mind of youth; this was in contrast to the quibbling follies of the Sophists.
He adopts both hermeneutical and pedagogical methodologies, and looks at early philosophers such as the Sophists, Aristotle, and Plato before focusing on Thomas Aquinas and his foundation of both human rights and justice.
Take a look at many of the tweets from the profs and you can see a wave of sophists pleading a case for bad logic, non-sequitur and special interest.
The Protagoras thus supports Socrates' striking comment in the Republic that the cities are themselves the "greatest sophists.
This essay looks at the Literary Revolution through a Sophistic lens to see how Hu's ideas on the Sophists influenced the rhetorical impetus of his reform and to clarify his legacy.
The author in his book has mentioned a variety of subjects such as the idea of Philosophy, the ionics, the Pythagoreans, the eledtics, Heraclites, the sophists, Socrates, plato, Aristotle, the stoics, and many others with complete historic background.
Furthermore, scholars have considered Speroni s interest in ancient sophists as a marginal aspect of his philosophy and have disregarded the paramount role of the period s vernacular writing on sophistry that began with his works and spread throughout sixteenth-century Italy.
These thinkers were the sophists, and the most brilliant of them was Protagoras.
12) Unfortunately, this can be done only by sacrificing some truth about what sophistry is: we cannot say that sophists fail to acquire anything, any more than we can say that they fail to produce deceptive semblances of truth.
There has been a tradition of contestation between sophists and philosophers at least since Plato's dialogues criticised sophists and their well known product--rhetoric.
The indictments against the sophists come from different reasons: Sophistics is an apparent science, not a real one; it is practiced for money, not out of disinterested love for truth, it represents a danger for both religion and moral uses; it led the aristocrats to lose power, thus impelling a new class with personal abilities and endowments, which were not based on family tradition and nobility and so on.
Devereux's work is particularly strong in its discussion of Socrates' relationship with his main opponents, the sophists.
Socrates contends that rhetoric, as practiced by the sophists, is not a techne (technen de auten ouk einai)