03 sophists - 9/15/06 The Sophists Sophists: wise or...

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9/15/06 The Sophists Sophists: wise or skilled Beings in Sicily where it is an outpost of the Greek empire There was a development of a court system—people’s court—you go there and plead your case to the judge Leads to the development of rhetoric People tend to notice that the people who are better speakers are winning An entire class of people develop as good speakers, who people hire to argue their case for them Corax—first teacher of rhetoric, in Sicily Karois—fitting to the occasion, adjust message to the audience and that is fitting for the situation Tisius—student of Corax who leave Sicily and go back to Athens. Takes this whole school idea back to Athens where a class of Sophists develop there as well Problem was that some are really ethnical and did taught while others where not Therefore sophists had started to take on negative connotations Sophists were distrusted o Foreigners o Many claimed they could teach wisdom o Charge for their services up front o Plato distrusted them Tend to overlook the Sophists that are good and generally focus on the negative ones Gorgias—a Sophist, most famous speaker at the time, considered a very good sophist, no
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course PHIL 1305 taught by Professor Gordon during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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03 sophists - 9/15/06 The Sophists Sophists: wise or...

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