The Sophists

The Sophists

by W. T. Stsace
     
 
A history of the Sophists in Greek philosophy. The Sophists have been described as teachers of virtue, and the description is correct, provided that the word virtue is understood in its Greek sense, which did not restrict it to morality alone. For the Greeks, it meant the capacity of a person successfully to perform his functions in the State. Thus the virtue of a

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A history of the Sophists in Greek philosophy. The Sophists have been described as teachers of virtue, and the description is correct, provided that the word virtue is understood in its Greek sense, which did not restrict it to morality alone. For the Greeks, it meant the capacity of a person successfully to perform his functions in the State. Thus the virtue of a mechanic is to understand machinery, the virtue of a physician to cure the sick, the virtue of a horse trainer the ability to train horses. The Sophists undertook to train men to virtue in this sense, to make them successful citizens and members of the State.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016562506
Publisher:
Shamrock Eden Publishing
Publication date:
06/03/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
108 KB

Meet the Author

Stace’s first three books, A Critical History of Greek Philosophy and The Philosophy of Hegel, and The Meaning of Beauty were published while he worked as a civil servant in Ceylon. After these early works, his philosophy followed the British empirical tradition of David Hume, G.E. Moore, Bertrand Russell and H.H. Price. Empiricism for Stace did not need to be confined to propositions which it is possible to demonstrate. Instead, our common sense beliefs find support in two empirical facts: men’s minds are similar and they cooperate with the aim of solving their common problems. Stace can be considered a pioneer in the philosophical study of mysticism, Mysticism and Philosophy is considered his major work. Stace was the dissertation advisor of John Rawls when Rawls was a graduate student at Princeton, though it is not clear that he had a strong influence on Rawls. Richard Marius attributed his loss of faith partly to his intellectual engagement with Stace's essay Man Against Darkness.

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