Related Content

Related Overviews

Gorgias (c. 485—380 bc)

Protagoras (c. 490—420 bc)

Plato (c. 429—347 bc)

Antiphon (c. 480—411 bc)

See all related overviews in Oxford Reference »

 

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Philosophy

GO

Show Summary Details

Overview

sophists


Quick Reference

A paid teacher of philosophy and rhetoric in Greece in the Classical and Hellenistic periods, associated in popular thought with moral scepticism and specious reasoning. Recorded from the mid 16th century, the word comes ultimately via Latin from Greek sophizesthai ‘devise, become wise’, from sophos ‘wise’.

Subjects: Philosophy


Reference entries

View all reference entries »