The term “sophist” historically referred to a group of ancient Greek philosophers who were known for their skills in rhetoric and argumentation. They were often criticized for being more concerned with winning arguments than discovering truth.
While psychopaths may use similar skills in rhetoric and argumentation to manipulate and exploit others, it’s important to note that not all psychopaths are intentionally malicious. Some may not even be aware of the harm they are causing to others due to their lack of empathy and disregard for others’ feelings.
That being said, psychopaths can certainly be harmful to those around them and are known for their ability to deceive and manipulate others for their own gain. Whether intentional or not, their actions can be destructive and damaging to those who interact with them.
So, while it’s not accurate to say that all psychopaths are malicious sophists, it is true that they can use their skills in rhetoric and argumentation to achieve their own ends at the expense of others.