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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2013, Vol. 8 Issue (4) : 566-584     https://doi.org/10.3868/s030-002-013-0046-5
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Plato’s Attempts at Defining Sophistry
LIU Wei()
School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100871, China
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In the Sophist, Plato offers seven definitions of a sophist. In this paper I will consider the relationship between these definitions, and examine how the first six definitions contribute to the final definition, and how the final definition, in turn, incorporates elements of the first six. Through this examination, we can also have a better grasp of Plato’s method of division, and Plato’s aporetic approach to philosophy.

Keywords Plato      sophist      definition      division      aporetic approach     
Corresponding Authors: LIU Wei,Email:weiliu18@gmail.com   
Issue Date: 05 December 2013
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LIU Wei. Plato’s Attempts at Defining Sophistry[J]. Front Phil Chin, 2013, 8(4): 566-584.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/Y2013/V8/I4/566
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