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Unformatted text preview: WEEK 12: Sophists, Socrates, and the Philosophers (11/12) Review: Historical, Intellectual, Social and Cultural Background • Post Peloponnesian war • Poses threat to old order, he speaks of the view of ‘let’s move on’ • Sophist- teachers of rhetoric, moral relativists o Court speeches- get up and address jurors and judges yourself, no lawyers o Only point of any speech is to win o Socrates different as he introduces argument in order to find truth- pursuit of truth o Life of Socrates 1. Sources didn’t write anything down, told from students, introduces bias-all look back to Socrates to the question and answer motion, figure to look up to-dialogue- important figure and thought representation, but not sure how accurate- Socrates perceived/confused as sophist in Aristophanes’s Clouds 2. Socratic Question -primary source is plato- how much of plato’s representation of Socrates is actually Socrates’s belief? And how much of it is Plato’s thought 3. Family Life born in 469 dies in 399, fought in the Peloponnesian War, rich enough to have...
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- Fall '07