Noun(1) any of a group of Greek philosophers and teachers in the 5th century BC who speculated on a wide range of subjects(2) someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious
(1) His mistress Aspasia and the sophist Anaxagoras were perhaps prosecuted.(2) In this book, written after Socrates' death, Plato attempts to make the reader feel that Socrates was a true philosopher and not a sophist , as some people claimed.(3) Twenty-four years earlier, Aristophanes in his play Clouds had lampooned Socrates as a sophist who taught his pupils to scorn parental authority and subvert civic justice for their own gains.(4) When he argues against Protagoras' relativism, Socrates gets the sophist to concede that some people are wiser than others when it comes to what is good for the city.(5) Dion Chrysostom, Herodes Atticus, Aristides, Lucian, and Philostratus the Elder belong to the flourishing period of this second school of sophists , a period which extends over the entire second century.(6) The newspapers have at their disposal all manner of sophistical ways around this.(7) The gravest of them is, to argue sophistically , to suppress facts or arguments, to misstate the elements of the case, or misrepresent the opposite opinion.(8) We raised our children, in the postwar period, to be sophists , and the children became the Baby-Boomer generation.(9) Sept. 11 leaves the ├ö├ç├┐moral equivalency├ö├ç├û muddlers exposed as sophists and charlatans.(10) But I was being sophistical when I responded to their claims that our government is our enemy with that other clichÔö£┬«, you are the government.(11) Acknowledging that a firm definition of sophistic rhetoric is not possible, Greenbaum nonetheless finds it a useful way of exploring cultural studies and feminist pedagogy in the classroom.(12) Sure enough, bylined sophists hit the Internet for descriptions of the machine.(13) One scream and your sophistic notions crumble to dust.(14) It was built on savings being converted into capital, and an assault on either, whether led by the persuasion of sophists or the preemption of the State, is only guaranteed to hamper our struggle towards greater future prosperity.(15) This is the truly disturbing and important story, replete with ironies and sophistical logic.(16) Aristotle's study of sophistical arguments is contained in On Sophistical Refutations, which is actually a sort of appendix to the Topics.
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