Presocratic Philosophy The Sophists - Essay

The Sophists

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

G. B. Kerferd (essay date 1981)

SOURCE: G. B. Kerferd, "The Meaning of the Term Sophist," in The Sophistic Movement, Cambridge University Press, 1981, pp. 24-41

[In this essay, Kerferd offers an explanation of why the Sophists were so often viewed with disdain by other philosophers and scholars. Additionally, he discusses the profession of sophistspecifically, what they taught, who they taught, and how they taught.]

The name sophist is clearly related to the Greek words sophos and sophia, commonly translated 'wise' and 'wisdom'. According to the received account, built both into our lexica and our histories of...

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