Sophistical Practice: Toward a Consistent Relativism

Sophistical Practice: Toward a Consistent Relativism

Barbara Cassin


Sophistics is the paradigm of a discourse that does issues with phrases. it isn't natural rhetoric, as Plato desires us to think, however it offers a substitute for the philosophical mainstream. A sophistic heritage of philosophy questions the orthodox philosophical historical past of philosophy: that of ontology and fact in itself.

In this publication, we find strange Presocratics, wreaking havoc with the fetish of precise and fake. Their logoi practice politics and practice fact. Their sophistic perform can shed the most important gentle on modern occasions, similar to the reality and Reconciliation fee in South Africa, the place, to cite Desmond Tutu, "words, language, and rhetoric do things," growing such things as the recent "rainbow people." Transitional justice calls for a constant and sustainable relativism: now not fact, yet fact for, and adequate of the reality for there to be a community.

Philosophy itself is set phrases sooner than it's approximately strategies. Language manifests itself actually merely as multiplicity; varied languages practice forms of worlds; and problems of translation are yet indicators of those changes. This desacralized untranslatability undermines and deconstructs the Heideggerian assertion that there's a old language of philosophy that's Greek through essence (being the one language in a position to say what "is") and at the present time is German.

Sophistical Practice constitutes an incredible contribution to the controversy between philosophical pluralism, unitarism, and pragmatism. it is going to switch how we talk about such phrases as urban, fact, and politics. Philologically and philosophically rethinking the sophistical gesture, counting on functionality and translation, it proposes a brand new paradigm for the human sciences.

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