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Devil’s advocate — Rise of the modern Sophist!

Ashutosh Jain
Mar 18, 2018 · 6 min read

Corax, a teacher of Rhetoric in Syracuse, Sicily around 476 BCE sued his pupil, Tisias, for not paying his tuition.

In court, Tisias argued that he should not have to pay, regardless of outcome, because:

Either he will prove his case, and therefore not have to pay as the result of winning the suit; or he will lose the suit and that will be proof that Corax did not teach him well enough to deserve being paid his tuition.

Corax argued that he should be paid, regardless of outcome, because:

If he wins the suit, then the court will require him to be paid, and if he loses the suit, that will be proof that he taught Tisias well enough to beat him and therefore he deserves to be paid his fee.

Who is right?

The judge shook his head in disdain and ruled, “Mali corvi, mali ovum.” — One bad thing (the bad crow, malus corvus) can only gives rise to something else bad (the bad egg, malum ovum).

courtesy: Glasbergen cartoon service
courtesy: Mickey Bach’s cartoons
courtesy Patheos.com: factors that fuel religious fundamentalism

“Freedom of speech is no longer respected as a procedure of the truth. It is Sophistry, which is used today unabashedly for propaganda, lobbying, and salesmanship, to deceive a fellow man, to swindle, to cheat, or to pick pockets.” (Walter Lippmann, Essays in the Public Philosophy, 1955)

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