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The Sophist (Greek: Σοφιστής) is a Platonic dialogue from the philosopher's late period, most likely written in 360 BC. Having criticized his Theory of Forms in the Parmenides, Plato presents a new conception of the forms in the Sophist more mundane and down-to-earth than its predecessor. The dialogue clarifies the epistemological and metaphysical puzzles of the Parmenides; thus, Plato refers to that text - a dialogue between Parmenides and young Socrates, which was written probably much earlier than the Sophist. Furthermore, he shows his expertise in dialectic, as he applies it in this dialogue in order to define the sophist. Moreover, he solves the puzzle of the false and the right opinion, as well as of the justified true belief that had been inquired in the Theaetetus. In addit...