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    DescriptionThe Sophists were bold, exciting innovators with new ideas about Athenian society. The first to arrive, in about 444 BC, was Protagoras. During the last half of the fifth century BC he was followed by a succession of 'new age' itinerant instructors who were skilled in teaching. Mainly they taught the young ambitious men of Athens, instilling in them the skills they sought in order to become successful, that is, rich and influential. The Athenians flocked to hear them and enrol in their courses. The Sophists dared to charge high fees for their instruction and their students willingly paid.The Sophists were versatile and multi-talented. It seems that there was nothing one or other of them could not teach, but perhaps their greatest legacy to western society was their development of language, which, naturally, also benefited them in their work.Plato criticised the Sophists for promoting dangerous ideas which threatened the traditional structure of society. They taught their students how to argue convincingly and to turn the weaker argument into a winning argument against the stronger. Plato was markedly vitriolic in his criticism of the Sophists. Perhaps he was justified. Were the Sophists clever, rather than wise? Where does the truth lie? This book, with its lively, comprehensive treatment of the subject by twenty leading scholars in the field, will help the reader to decide.


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    Title
    The Sophists
    Subtitle
    An Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Patricia F. O'Grady
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780715636954
    ISBN 10: 0715636952
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27220
    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
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    LC classification: B
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
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    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000, HIS002010, LIT004190
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    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations 1 map,
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
    Publication date
    30 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Patricia F. O'Grady is Adjunct Research Associate, Department of Philosophy, Flinders University of South Australia. She is the author of Thales of Miletus: The beginnings of western science and philosophy (2002) and editor of Meet the Philosophers of Ancient Greece (2005).