hausdok Posted December 24, 2008 Report Share Posted December 24, 2008 By Matt Michel, the Service Roundtable In the 5th century, B.C., the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s first professional teachers and trainers emerged. They were called Sophists. The Sophists roamed the country, giving lectures, taking students, and teaching on any subject in demand. The subject in greatest demand was public speaking and debate skills for use in politics. The politicians who sought to learn from the Sophists werenÃ¢â¬â¢t concerned with truth so much as persuasion. The Sophists were not paid to teach truth, but to win arguments. They could argue that black was white, white was black, good was bad, and bad was good. They became expert in tripping up opponents, setting rhetorical snares to trap them, and if all else failed, drowning them out with the volume of noise they could generate. The Sophists and their students mastered the ability to twist arguments, to use confusion, to create false arguments. They took pride in being smart and clever, not in integrity and honesty. For these reasons, Merriam-Webster defines sophistry as Ã¢â¬Åsubtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation.Ã¢â¬ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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