Sophists

ISBN-10: 0521096669
ISBN-13: 9780521096669
Edition: 1971
Authors: W. K. C. Guthrie
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 1971
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/21/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

The third volume of Professor Guthrie's great history of Greek thought, entitled The Fifth-Century Enlightenment, deals in two parts with the Sophists and Socrates, the key figures in the dramatic and fundamental shift of philosophical interest from the physical universe to man. Each of these parts is now available as a paperback with the text, bibliography and indexes amended where necessary so that each part is self-contained. The Sophists assesses the contribution of individuals like Protagoras, Gorgias and Hippias to the extraordinary intellectual and moral fermant in fifth-century Athens. They questioned the bases of morality, religion and organized society itself and the nature of knowledge and language; they initiated a whole series of important and continuing debates, and they provoked Socrates and Plato to a major restatement and defence of traditional values.

List of abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
Topics of the day
What is a sophist?
The 'Nomos' - 'Physis' antithesis in morals and politics
The social compact
Equality
The relativity of values and its effects on ethical theory
Rhetoric and philosophy
Rationalist theories of religion: agnosticism and atheism
Can virtue be taught?
The men
Bibliography
Index of passages quoted or referred to
General index
Index of selected Greek words

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