Unformatted text preview: The Sophists Most of early Greek philosophy prior to the Sophists were concerned with the natural world. The desire to explain an underlying reality required natural philosophers to speculate beyond what is observable. And they lacked any developed critical method for adjudicating between rival theories of substance change or being. In this situation, it is easy to see how many might grow impatient with natural philosophy and adopt the skeptical view that reason simply cannot reveal truths beyond our immediate experience. But reason might still have practical value in that it allows the skilled arguer to advance his political interests. The Sophists were the first professional educators. For a fee, they taught students how to argue for the practical end of winning their case. While they were well acquainted with and taught the theories of winning their case....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
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