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Political Labels: Are they meaningful - Or are they just political swear words?Views: 129
Nov 12, 2009 2:45 am re: re: re: Political Labels: Are they meaningful - Or are they just political swear words?

Thomas Holford
> I don't have much time left now.

I don't have a lot of time to spend on this right now either.

A quick look tells me that there is definitely some refinement required.

First observation:

'sophism:
Historical meaning: In Ancient Greece, the sophists were a group of teachers of philosophy and rhetoric. A class of itinerant intellectuals who taught causes in "excellence" or "virtue".'

I need to recheck my source, but I don't think this is accurate. Socrates was trying to discover the answers to the questions: "what is truth", "what is virtue".

The sophists were teachers-for-hire who taught rhetoric. They were (ultimately) famous/notorious for being agnostic about "truth". Their claimed expertise was how to make "the weaker argument appear the stronger".


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