Questions tagged [sophism]

Use this tag for posts referencing philosophers or their ideas, ancient or not, identified in some way, rightly or wrongly, as "sophists". Use the tag "fallacies" for questions regarding specific fallacious or deceptive arguments.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
3 answers

Can this be an example of sophism?

Foreword: 0 is considered an even number, but if 0 would be an even number, then 0 apples would count an even number of apples. Example: 3 apples [🍏🍏🍏] 2 apples [🍏🍏 ] 1 apple [🍏 ] ...
Vitalie Ghelbert's user avatar
4 votes
8 answers

The ultimate absurdity: if consciousness is an illusion, how can anything we know be real?

Epiphenomenalism holds that conscious experience is an ineffectual by-product of brain activities. Eliminationists go further and add that this by-product is an illusion. I was wondering whether ...
infatuated's user avatar
  • 1,495
1 vote
1 answer

The disdain for sophism in Plato's dialogues vs. the real sophists

As we all know, sophism is regarded as the immoral, malformed twin of philosophy in Plato's dialogues. Socrates sees a fundamental distinction here: However, as I put it, cookery is flattery ...
viuser's user avatar
  • 4,512
0 votes
0 answers

What methods are used to deal with sophists?

Time and time again, I hear of "clever phrases" to try to get away with something: The software engineer totally messed up on a 5 month project, and his contractor agency just said it as &...
Stefanie Gauss's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers

How did the Sophists contribute to modern education?

I'm taking a course in Pedagogical Trends and we've studied about Sophists, Socartes and Plato.. So, I want to know how did the Sophists contribute to modern education?
Loubna Ferrouk's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers

Is sophistry used as a performance art in modern times?

Obviously, performance art in the narrow sense, "as an antithesis to theatre, challenging orthodox art forms and cultural norms", did not exist in Greece. Are there any well known contemporary (since ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer

What were the main sophistical methods according to Plato?

In her paper Modern Moral Philosophy, G. E. M. Anscombe used the phrase "sophistical methods" and "his procedures are certainly sophistical" (page 3 of the linked file). I assume this meant something ...
Frank Hubeny's user avatar
  • 19.2k
3 votes
0 answers

Was Hume a sophist?

rs.29 wrote in an answer to a question about the is-ought problem the following: ...we could hold the is–ought problem only as a obsolete sophism, and not as a real problem. This reminded me of ...
Frank Hubeny's user avatar
  • 19.2k
8 votes
4 answers

Modern Sophists? [closed]

I was wondering if in professional philosophy there are modern sophists. That is, people who have no qualms publishing on both sides of an issue, perhaps not being able to themselves come to ...
Jacob Wakem's user avatar
13 votes
7 answers

Are there any books about postmodernism being like sophism?

I still find myself relatively often surprised by how much of the spectrum of philosophic thought was already covered at the times of ancient Greece or ancient China (think Axial Age or think ...
Drux's user avatar
  • 1,644
5 votes
3 answers

Is sophistry useful?

I read from Lazlo Versenyi's Socratic Humanism (p. 1-72, 1963). "The first part of this book offers a thoughtful and provocative defense of the Sophists" (D. A. Hyland, The Origin of Philosophy: Its ...
Darcy Davis's user avatar