The decline of the sophistic movement is due to the inevitable result of the sophists' own logic.
But Socrates differed from the Sophists in one significant way.
You have probably come across a few of these sophists in your young life.
Socrates lived at the same time as the Sophists.
In ancient Greece, these were called Sophists — and they would have loved Twitter and Facebook.
Unlike the Sophists, he did not teach for money.
He did not consider himself to be a " sophist" , that is, a learned or wise person.
In Athens, the Sophists made a living out of teaching the citizens for money.
The Sophists were as a rule men who had traveled widely and seen different forms of government.
The word " sophist" means a wise and informed person.
This led the Sophists to raise the question of what was natural and what was socially induced.
The Sophists chose to concern themselves with man and his place in society.
" Man is the measure of all things, " said the Sophist Protagoras (c. 485-410 BC).
Because it is central to the rest of this course that you fully understand the difference between a sophist and a philosopher.
To help you get started, let me offer some quick advice for dealing with modern-day sophists who try to obscure — and deny — truth.
But before we meet Socrates, let us hear a little about the so-called Sophists, who dominated the Athenian scene at the time of Socrates.