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Sophistical Practice: Toward a Consistent Relativism

Barbara Cassin


Sophistics is the paradigm of a discourse that does things with words. It is not pure rhetoric, as Plato wants us to believe, but it provides an alternative to the philosophical mainstream. A sophistic history of philosophy questions the orthodox philosophical history of philosophy: that of ontology and truth in itself. This book showcases unusual Presocratics, wreaking havoc with the fetish of true and false. Their logoi perform politics and perform reality. Their sophistic practice can shed crucial light on contemporary events, such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, ... More

Keywords: sophistics, Presocratics, South Africa, rhetoric, rainbow people, Desmond Tutu, transitional justice, philosophical pluralism, unitarism, pragmatism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823256389
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Cassin, author
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris