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Sophism, Pericles and Platon's Apology

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  1. Pericles and his teachers
  2. Charges against Sophists

Sophism deals with the human ability to use language for the purpose of convincing and persuading someone. Although the actual meaning of sophism is much more complex, the idea is that a good understanding of sophist principles allows one to achieve a high status and great success in political and social life. Sophism is essentially based on the principle that a person well practiced in speech and persuasion techniques will be able to win any verbal argument, even if he is morally or otherwise wrong. The fact that he is wrong means very little because his superior speaking abilities presented a more positive and more credible image to the public.

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