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p. 1127. Spin doctors of the 5th centurylocked

  • Catherine Osborne

Abstract

‘Spin doctors of the 5th century’ examines key themes in Sophistic thought and asks: Are the Sophists a good thing or a bad thing? The spin doctors of all time, they taught clever talk designed to enable their pupils to manipulate popular opinion and thereby maintain their plutocratic advantage in a system that was only nominally democratic. However, they also asked society to question its raison d'être, its political beliefs, its moral values, its religious beliefs, its educational system, its legal codes, and its codes of etiquette. The antagonism they generated starts the ball rolling for some of the most exacting philosophical endeavours the world has ever seen.

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