Sophistry, the Sophists and modern medical education

  title={Sophistry, the Sophists and modern medical education},
  author={S. Macsuibhne},
  journal={Medical Teacher},
  pages={71 - 75}
The term ‘sophist’ has become a term of intellectual abuse in both general discourse and that of educational theory. However the actual thought of the fifth century BC Athenian-based philosophers who were the original Sophists was very different from the caricature. In this essay, I draw parallels between trends in modern medical educational practice and the thought of the Sophists. Specific areas discussed are the professionalisation of medical education, the teaching of higher-order… 
The psychiatrist as philosopher: an appreciation of Dr Séamus Mac Suibhne (Sweeney) (1978–2019)
Dr Séamus Mac Suibhne (Sweeney), consultant psychiatrist and writer, who died on 8 September 2019, was a unique, much admired figure in Irish psychiatry. His interests ranged from clinical care to
Obituary: Dr Séamus Mac Suibhne (Sweeney) (1978–2019)
Séamus Mac Suibhne is deeply missed in Irish psychiatry, but his many contributions bear elegant, lasting testament to a dedicated family man, a gifted doctor and an enquiring, often brilliant mind.


The sophists : an introduction
The Sophists were bold, exciting innovators with new ideas about Athenian society. The first to arrive, in about 444 BC, was Protagoras. During the last half of the fifth century BC he was followed
Sophistry, Dialectic, and Teacher Education: A Reinterpretation of Plato's Meno
Plato’s Meno offers students in teacher education programs a means through which to not only investigate the content of Meno, but also a means to construct and clarify their own philosophical
On Strengthening the Socratic Strain in Higher Education
A questioning, critical attitude—the Socratic strain—is accepted as essential in higher education, but it has been subject to little effective examination. This paper begins by considering the role
The Sophists
The Classical Review vol. 62 no. 2 © The Classical Association 2012; all rights reserved reference and stimulus to further refl ection. Various common themes emerge – for example, the extent to which
Teaching medical ethics to medical students.
  • E. Loewy
  • Medicine, Education
    Journal of medical education
  • 1986
It is concluded that teachers of medical ethics must impart knowledge that can be applied to the problems medical students face, and that moral considerations are as much a part of medical decisions as technical considerations.
Philosophy of education
LIST OF FIGURES PREFACE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 1 Philosophy of Education Before the Twentieth Century Socrates and Plato Aristotle Rousseau Pestalozzi, Herbart, and Froebel Summary Questions Introduction
The Virtues in Medical Practice
Two eminent ethicists, one a physician and one a philosopher, present to us in this book a lucid, thoughtful, and impressively organized description of the philosophical foundation of virtue-based ethics.
Socratic versus Sophistic Strains in the Teaching of Undergraduate Psychology: Implicit Conflicts Made Explicit
greater pool of experience and questions. More Important, however, their matur~ty is reflected in an awareness that the external forms of sclence, scholarship, and professional training both reflect
Time for evidence based medical education
Education and debate pp 1265−83 No doctor will deny the need for evidence based clinical practice, and all responsible professionals try to keep up with research in their discipline.1 For many,
Expectation and experience: dissonances between novice and expert perceptions in medical education research
This study explores the ways in which a panel of experts responded to novices’ presentations of their research in progress.