Socrates was like the sophists in many aspects in regards to interests and like features of how they spoke, but overall, socrates was not considered a sophist because he merely wanted to find answers, not give them. The book philosophical conversations, socrates argues that he is not a sophist within his society, because he “has nothing to teach” (melchert, 58), and no knowledge to teach about his argument begins with the statement that “sophists set themselves up as teachers socrates does not he cannot do so because he does not rightly know. Guthrie classified socrates as a sophist in his history of greek philosophy before the writing of plato, the word sophist could be used as either a respectful or contemptuous title, much like the word intellectual can be used today in this view, the sophist is not concerned with truth and justice, but instead seeks power some.
Socrates lived as an independent man he did not want to go under any category he was not paid for his irony and maieutics therefore he was not a sophist, as being a sophist was having a profession. The sophists (ancient greek) although socrates did not charge fees and frequently asserted that all he knew was that he was ignorant of most matters, his association with the sophists reflects both the indeterminacy of the term sophist and the difficulty, at least for the everyday athenian citizen, of distinguishing his methods from theirs.
Guthrie classified socrates as a sophist in his history of greek philosophy  before the writing of plato, the word sophist could be used as either a respectful or contemptuous title, much like the word intellectual can be used today.
Socrates differed from the sophists because he believed in looking for the absolute truth in an objective fashion, while the sophists believed that people should make decisions based on what they felt was true inside of themselves socrates felt that society needed wisdom, and that wisdom was more. Socrates converses with sophists in euthydemus, hippias major, hippias minor, gorgias, protagoras and the republic and discusses sophists at length in the apology, sophist, statesman and theaetetus it can thus be argued that the search for the sophist and distinction between philosophy and sophistry are not only central themes in the platonic.
The sophists and socrates: a complex relation for socrates, the sophists serve a pedagogical purpose in awakening in his students a philosophical wonder that is prompted by the sophists’ questioning thus, the sophists are not to be feared by socrates but rather engaged to serve his pedagogical and philosophical ends. Socrates and the sophists (plato’s dialogues) in chapter 4, the sophist: protagoras, soccio does an excellent job discussing a group of teachers and thinkers known collectively as sophists, and the social environment in which they flourished for a time. Was socrates a sophists why socrates is not a sophist how are his motives and method of doing philosophy different from the sophists the greek word sophist (sophistēs) derives from the words sophia, and sophos, meaning wisdom or “wise” since the time of homer and was originally used to describe expertise in a particular knowledge or craft. Each age, each intellectual turn, produces a socrates of its own it is no less true now that, “the ‘real’ socrates we have not: what we have is a set of interpretations each of which represents a ‘theoretically possible’ socrates,” as cornelia de vogel (1955, 28) put it [399 sophist, statesman] at the pre-trial examination.
As socrates did not write down any of his teachings, information about him and his philosophies depends upon secondary sources socrates and the sophists were criticized for the moral dangers inherent in contemporary thought and literature prose sources plato, xenophon, and aristotle are the main sources for the historical. Therefore he was not a sophist, as being a sophist was having a profession socrates said he was a citizen of the world whether in athens or elsewhere he was meditating, and he was helping others finding their true selves.
Socrates and the sophists (plato’s dialogues) in chapter 4, the sophist: protagoras, soccio does an excellent job discussing a group of teachers and thinkers known collectively as sophists, and the social environment in which they flourished for a time socrates vs sophists or any similar topic specifically for you do not waste. Socrates did not for another, the sophists used language to win arguments and to sway people's opinion regardless of the truth socrates used language to attain the truth socrates lived as an independent man he did not want to go under any category he was not paid for his irony and maieutics.