The Sophists

[Revised entry by C.C.W. Taylor and Mi-Kyoung Lee on September 9, 2015. Changes to: Bibliography] The Greek word sophistēs, formed from the noun sophia, 'wisdom' or 'learning', has the general
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[Revised entry by C.C.W. Taylor and Mi-Kyoung Lee on September 9, 2015. Changes to: Bibliography] The Greek word sophistēs, formed from the noun sophia, 'wisdom' or 'learning', has the general sense 'one who exercises wisdom or learning'. As sophia could designate specific types of expertise as well as general sagacity in the conduct of life and the higher kinds of insight associated with seers and poets, the word originally meant 'sage' or 'expert'. In the...

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