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Before one can be successful in classifying whether Socrates was a Sophists or not one would have to have a lucid understanding of what a Sophist is or does According to Websters Dictionary defines Sophists as any of a class of ancient Greek teachers of rhetoric philosophy and the art of successful living prominent about the middle of the fifth century bc for their adroit subtle and allegedly often specious reasoning The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy states Sophists is derived from the Greek words sophia meaning wisdom and Sophos which means wise Even after one has gotten a better understanding of the Sophists classifying Socrates as Sophist or not a Sophist still does not prove to be an easy taskSocrates declared that he was not a sophist However Socrates did have certain characteristics that would allow him to be categorized as Sophist Socrates was known for having young men follow him for extended periods of time and these young men deemed Socrates as their teacher just like a Sophists Socrates also mixed and mingled and even shared the same interests as Sophists These tidbits of information would make classifying Socrates as a Sophist easy right Not exactly even though Socrates had similarities he also had dissimilarities of a Sophist Socrates believed that he lacked the knowledge required to teach as he had nothing to teach Whereas a Sophist had a different objective a sophist deemed himself highly intelligible and qualified to teach and so they charged for their teachings Socrates was flabbergasted by the thought of charging money for the sake of teachingSophist prides himself on teaching his pupils the art of mastering rhetoric the practice of persuasive speaking The sophist teaches the student how to win an argument by speaking in a persuasive tone and by appealing to the feelings of his listeners Sophists were not concerned with the true as much as they were with winning the argument Socrates was
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