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Sophists Edit

In the 5th century BCE, professional (rhetorical) teachers evolved to teach oratorical and rhetorical skills to students for a price. Like today, many people did not like the sophist. Our use of the word “sophistry” (the use of fallacious arguments to deceive) has its roots in the distrust of the sophists. The real question was, is “virtue” or anything else, learnt or acquired? Sophists thought, at least for rhetoric, it may be taught. Kenena


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