The Sophistic Movement

In M. L. Gill & P. Pellegrin (eds.), A Companion to Ancient Philosophy. Blackwell (2006)
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This discussion emphasises the diversity, philosophical seriousness and methodological distinctiveness of sophistic thought. Particular attention is given to their views on language, ethics, and the social construction of various norms, as well as to their varied, often undogmatic dialectical methods. The assumption that the sophists must have shared common doctrines (not merely overlapping interests and professional practices) is called into question.

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