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C 118: The Sophistic Movement General Characteristics The word “sophist” means wise man. However, the movement split between those only concerned with how to be successful and admired, and those concerned with how to explore issues and make good decisions. All Sophists rejected finding “Truth” (episteme). The goal of a speaker was to establish probabilities. To be reasonable amounted to telling a story or giving an explanation that makes sense to people. “Logos” meant “story” and “making sense.” All taught the importance of basing arguments on ideas already held by the audience. The ‘test” of a student’s learning was to give speeches to other students who were their fellow citizens. Learning with a Sophist gave a different perspective than learning by emersion in activities. What Athenians feared about the Sophists: Teaching our children to be irresponsible tricksters, thereby . . . Undermining Athenian Democracy.
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2012 for the course COMM 118 taught by Professor Cronen during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).

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SophisticmovCoraxandGorgiasNotes - C 118: The Sophistic...

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