Comm as Liberal Art L (The Teaching Class - The Sophist) 9-02-08

Comm as Liberal Art L (The Teaching Class - The Sophist) 9-02-08

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Michael Conor deGroot Comm. As Liberal Art Lecture Class “The Teaching Class: The Sophists” 1. The Teaching Class: Sophist 1. Sophists-lis . “Wise ones,” traveling teachers who were paid to teach young boys in the Greek city-states. 1. The Sophists only taught young boys because political power came through the male line, not females 2. Did not have a place of study; instead, they traveled around 1. Plato and Iscorates first established schools 3. First people to really talk about the human communication 2. Info on Greek Rotes 1. Phile – love, affection 2. Philosophy – the love of wisdom (study of/devotion of wisdom/knowledge) 1. The discovery knowledge for its sake with no goal . 2. Philosophy was meant to discover truth. 1. There were no enclosed truth. 2. Plato believed we should constantly seek truth 3. We could never reach absolute truth, but we must always kept seeking it 3. Moros – fool, idiot
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3. Problems with studying the sophists 1. We have almost no primary sources 1. Documents written by the person people 2. Did not have a body of stuff they wrote 3. Instead we have tradition of a tradition – verbally passed down over time 2. Their traveling nature means that most of what they taught was never written down in their lifetime 1. What we know was written down later, so information may be less then accurate. 3. Most of what we know of them, we learned from their enemies (esp. Plato) 1. Plato hated the sophist plato believed the rhetoric of sophist was B.S 4. A brief illustration, the story of Corax (Teacher) and Tisias (student). 1. Tisias, a prospective rhetoric student, hired Corax, a respect rhetoric teacher. 2. Tisias agreed to pay Corax after he won a lawsuit which would prove Corax taught him the art of rhetoric. 3. Each side Present various arguments
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1. Tisias arguments 1. If I lose the case then my teacher clearly did not teach me the art of rhetoric 2. If I win the case, then proves I mastered rhetoric on my own even with the negligence of my instructor. 2. Corax Arguments 1. If Tisias win the case then it shows I have taught him the art of rhetoric 2. If Tisias loses the case it shows him he is a poor student incapable of learning rhetoric. 4.
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Comm as Liberal Art L (The Teaching Class - The Sophist) 9-02-08

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