Sophism vs. Socrates Essay

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Sophism and Socrates I bless the fortunate soul who has never had the unfortunate privilege of reading an internet fight. Ninety percent of the time the fight will end with someone confusing “your” for “you’re” and the final argument will be the opposer correcting their grammar and claiming to be the superior knowledge because of this. In my hours of wasting time on the interwebs, I have done this many times, therefore I have practiced Sophism. I work at a natural cosmetics store where the entirety of my job is answering questions, showing products, and trying to make the highest sale possible. No matter what the person is asking, I find ways to make it sound as though the product will fit their needs by emphasizing my knowledge on the ingredients and their designed uses. Sometimes I know the product won’t be perfect for them, but I sell it regardless because I have feigned expertise and twisted the description of the product around in order to sound suitable for the customer. Again, I have practiced Sophism. Sophism was a Pre-Socratic way of thought and rhetoric in Ancient Greece. Sophists were extremely practical in their way of thinking and lacked emphasis on the typical virtues of more allegorical thought of the time. Their religious views are best described as agnostic or Atheist. Considering their very core way of argumentation was based on their desire to prove, win, or academically triumph, religion was such a relative and ambiguous subject, that essentially the only way for Sophists to feel fulfilled in a type of “semi-victory” of their religious intellect was to claim no definitive side at all, and instead force people to prove their belief (ultimately showing that nothing is definitive or readily proven with religion). Famous Sophist Gorgias believed that “if something does exist, we cannot know it, even if we can know it we cannot communicate it.”

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