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The Sophistic Movement - G.B. Kerferd

The Sophistic Movement

Paperback Published: 2nd November 1981
ISBN: 9780521283571
Number Of Pages: 196

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This book offers an introduction to the Sophists of fifth-century Athens and a new overall interpretation of their thought. Since Plato first animadverted on their activities, the Sophists have commonly been presented as little better than intellectual mountebanks - a picture which Professor Kerferd forcefully challenges here. Interpreting the evidence with care, he shows them to have been part of an exciting and historically crucial intellectual movement. At the centre of their teaching was a form of relativism, most famously expressed by Protagoras as 'Man is the measure of all things', and which they developed in a wide range of views - on knowledge and argument, virtue, government, society, and the gods. On all these subjects the Sophists did far more than simply provoke Plato to thought. Their contributions were substantial and serious; they inaugurated the debate on many central philosophical questions and decisively shifted the focus of philosophical attention from the cosmos to man.

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Towards a history of interpretations of the sophistic movementp. 4
The sophists as a social phenomenonp. 15
The meaning of the term sophistp. 24
The individual sophistsp. 42
Dialectic, antilogic and eristicp. 59
The theory of languagep. 68
The doctrine of logos in literature and rhetoricp. 78
Sophistic relativismp. 83
The nomos--physis controversyp. 111
Can virtue be taught?p. 131
The theory of societyp. 139
Religion and the godsp. 163
Conclusionp. 173
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780521283571
ISBN-10: 0521283574
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 2nd November 1981
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 15.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.26

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